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Buffum's Six Months in the Gold Mines  

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Six Months in the Gold Mines: from a Journal of Three Year's Residence in Upper and Lower California, 1847-8-9

Buffum, E. Gould


Richard Bently



xi, [1], 244 pp. Ads on endpapers. (12mo) 17x1-0 cm (6¾x4"), original blindstamped green cloth, gilt spine. First British Edition. 

An officer in the New York Volunteers, Buffum headed for the hills following the discovery of gold, and observed the Gold Rush from its beginnings. Besides the details of mining, Buffum "recounted every facet of life including the tremendous non-mining potential of California and the formation of government" - Kurutz, who also quotes Bancroft as calling the book "one of the most important contributions to the history of California."  This copy with the decorative bookplate of Alfred I. Esberg. Cowan p.83; Graff 472; Howes B943; Kurutz 97a; Wheat Books 28

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Light wear to cloth with sunning to spine and edges; Light toning to interior; very good.

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