Lot 92 of 739:
Three Years in California by Colton finely bound  

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Three Years in California

Colton, Walter

New York

A.S. Barnes & Co.



456 pp. 6 steel-engraved portrait plates; 6 duotone woodcut plates; map, folding facsimile. (12mo) 18x12. cm (7½x4"), finely rebound in full green morocco, gilt floral borders, inlaid design of mountain peaks and campfire flames on covers, spine gilt, raised bands, vellum doublures with gilt pattern and inlaid floral design, watered silk endleaves, all edges gilt. Early reprint.

The facsimile of the Declaration of rights is present, which is often not the case. "Colton, the first alcalde of Monterey under American control, wrote a diary largely devoted to interesting details of incidents connected with the author's administration of justice, with frequent remarks on the manners and customs of the people..." - Zamorano. The single-page map is "Valley of the Sacramento and San Joaquin. J.W. Orr. NY." Cowan p.137; Graff 839; Howes C625; Kurutz 151a; Wheat Gold Region p.74, map 148; Zamorano Eighty 20 (all for first 1850 edition).

Lot Amendments

Previous owner's names; a few spots of underlining, light foxing; near fine.

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