Lot 45 of 739:
Bruff's Gold Rush Journals and Papers  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$120
Estimate:
$200 - $300

Title:
Gold Rush: The Journals, Drawings and other Papers

Author:
Bruff, J. Goldsborough

Place:
New York

Publisher:
Columbia University Press

Date:
1944

Description:

2 volumes. Illustrated with plates from sketches and drawings by Bruff. (8vo) 25.4x19 cm (10x7½") cloth-backed boards, spines lettered in gilt.. First Edition.

"Detailed journals and drawings of a trained draughtsman and engineer, who resigned his army commission and traveled from Washington, D.C., to the diggings..." - Wheat. Howes calls it the "most elaborate of overland narratives." Bruff organized and commanded a party of sixty-six men called the Washington City and California Mining Association, leaving the nation's capital on April 2, 1849, and arriving at the Feather River on November 1 of that year. The overland journey is covered in the first volume, his experiences in the mines in the second. Howes R91; Kurutz 93a; Mattes 377; Mintz 64; Rocq 15724; Wheat Gold Rush 25. Previous owner's initials branded on foot. Ownership inscription with two signature chops on front free endpapers. 


Lot Amendments

Condition:
Some scuffing to boards and edgewear to both volumes; light toning to pages; very good.


 
Item number:
295986
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