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German account of Gold Rush California w/maps 1849  

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Californiens Gegenwart und Zukunft. Nebst Beiträgen von A. Erman: Ueber die Klimatologie von Californaiien und ueber die geographische Verbreitug des Goldes

Hoppe, J[anus] & A[dolph] Erman


G. Reimer



viii, 149 pp. Two folding lithographed maps. (8vo) 22.5x14.5 cm (8¾x5¾"), original printed wrappers. First Edition.

General introduction to California drawing heavily upon previous works including Duflot de Mofras, Frémont, Robinson and Forbes, consisting mainly of geographical and historical information as well as a climatography by Professor Erman. Erman, who visited California in 1829 while circumnavigating the globe, also wrote on the discovery and importance of gold. Kurutz notes that "Hoppe believed that the primary interest in California was for the European colonization of the West Coast of North America." The two maps are: "Karte von Californien" (36.5x22 cm), from the mouth of the Columbia in the north to the tip of Baja in the south, with New Helvetia, the American River, and other gold region details; and "Hauptzüge der geographischen Verbreitung  des Goldes..." (26x45.5 cm) of the world, with tinting to show areas of gold deposits in various lands including California.

Provenance: Maggs '85

References: Cowan p.291; Hill p.450; Howes H639; Kurutz 341a; Rocq 16932; Sabin 32991; Streeter 2573; Wheat Gold Region 96; Phillips, A Descriptive List of Maps of California and San Francisco up to 1865, no 100.

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Wrappers detached with some edge and corner wear; some light foxing within, else very good.

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