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Downie: Hunting for Gold. 1893.   

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Hunting for Gold: Reminiscences of Personal Experience and Researches in the Early Days of the Pacific Coast from Alaska to Panama

Downie, Major William

San Francisco

California Publishing Co.



407 pp. Illustrated from engravings and photographs; frontispiece portrait of the author. 22x14.5 cm (8¾x5¾"), three-quarter leather with black pebble cloth, spine and covers stamped in gilt. First Edition.

One of the best Gold Rush reminiscences. A native of Scotland, Downie was in the Love Joy Hotel in Buffalo when he heard of the gold discovery in California, and took a ship from Boston, arriving in San Francisco on June 27, 1849. He made for Sacramento, worked the mines at Vernon, Nye's Ranch, Rose's Bar, and Bullard's Bar, and discovered gold on branches of the North Fork of the Yuba River at a place later named Downieville, in his honor. Cowan p.179; Graff 1143; Howes D448; Kurutz 203; Rocq 14507; Streeter 3016; Wheat Gold Rush 64

Lot Amendments

Spine renewed, slight lean to spine, covers and extremities rubbed; both hinges started, mild toning to pages; overall very good.

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