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Borthwick's 3 Years in California First Edition  

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Three Years in California
Borthwick, John David
William Blackwood

vi, [2], 384 pp. Illustrated with 8 duotone lithographed plates. (8vo) 22x14 cm (8¾x5½") later three-quarter red morocco, spine gilt, raised bands, top edge gilt. First Edition.

Borthwick, a Scotsman visiting New York, was struck with gold fever in May, 1851, and set off for California via the Isthmus. He spent three years wandering through the mining camps, and his observations and attention to detail make this one of the most important and acclaimed Gold Rush narratives. Cowan notes that "His book presents a faithful graphic picture of his mining experiences and of conditions at this time." Cowan p.65; Graff 358; Howes B622; Kurutz 65a; Sabin 6436; Streeter 2817; Wheat Gold Rush 21; Zamorano Eighty 8.

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Light wear and scuffing to leather, some rubbing to extremities, corner tips worn; ownership signature, occasional foxing; very good.
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