Eldorado, or, Adventures in the Path of Empire: Comprising a Voyage to California, via Panama; Life in San Francisco, and Monterey; Pictures of the Gold

TAYLOR, Bayard.
London: Henry G. Bohn, 1850.
An early English edition. Volume II only.
Octavo, original pictorial green boards stamped in reddish brown and blue, patterned endapers with advertisements. Spine worn, lacking spine strip, a bit rubbed at edges, interior fine.

"The book met with great success, selling 10,000 copies in America and 30,000 in England within two weeks". (Howes).
"A most lively and entertaining record, full of action, of concrete details shrewdly observed and carefully selected, and of illuminating comment. Like the first-class reporter that he was, Taylor went to all the interesting places, the gold mines, San Francisco, Monterey, Sacramento and other towns and cities as they were springing up at incredible speed, talked with everyone he could find who could tell him something interesting, and …had, himself, most of the experiences of a typical Forty-niner". (Wheat).
This work is probably the outstanding book on the early gold rush in California. The author's description of the Constitutional Convention at Monterey is the best we have, as are also the views he gives us of the earliest mining camps. The colored plates are beautifully tinted works of art depicting San Francisco, Monterey, Sacramento, and mining camps. [BAL 19638. Bradford 5344. Cowan p. 630. Graff 4073. Howes T43. Rader 3037. Sabin 94440. Wheat, Gold Rush 204. Zamorano Eighty, #73].

Price: $90.00
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