Lot 57 of 455:
Buffum's Six Months in the Gold Mines  

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Lot closed - Sold For:$180
Estimate:
$200 - $300

Title:
Six Months in the Gold Mines: from a Journal of Three Year's Residence in Upper and Lower California, 1847-8-9
Author:
Buffum, E. Gould
Place:
London
Publisher:
Richard Bently
Date:
1850
Description:

xi, [1], 244 pp. (12mo) 16.5x10 cm (6½x4"), later half-calf with linen-covered boards, spine tooled and lettered in gilt, red morocco spine label, marbled endpapers. 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.". Cowan p.83; Graff 472; Howes B943; Kurutz 97a; Wheat Books 28.

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Condition:
Light rubbing to spine; front hinge a bit tender, a few stains, hints of foxing; about near fine.
 
Item number:
302888
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