Lot 96 of 382:
A Tour of Duty in California, 1849  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyer's Premium):$192
Estimate:
$200 - $300

Title:
A Tour of Duty in California; including a Description of the Gold Region: and an Account of the Voyage around Cape Horn
Author:
Revere, Joseph Warren
Place:
New York
Publisher:
C. S. Francis & Co.
Date:
1849
Description:

[4], vi, [2], 305 + [6] ad pp. Illustrated with 6 lithographed plates, including frontispiece; tissue guards; folding map of the San Francisco Bay Area. (12mo), original blind-stamped green cloth, spine lettered in gilt. First Edition.

Early and important observations of California during the Gold Rush and the period preceding it. The Zamorano 80 notes that "Lieutenant Revere was a graduate of Annapolis and a grandson of Paul Revere. His 'Tour of Duty' is one of the outstanding authorities on the period of the Conquest, and his descriptions of California and the gold regions are of the best. The book contains valuable chapters on land law and land titles, as well as the complete report of Col. Mason on the gold fields." Streeter says that "this is one of the most important books on the Gold Rush and figures on most selected lists." Cowan p.530; Graff 3474; Howes R222; Kurutz 529a; Sabin 70182; Streeter 2592; Wheat Gold Rush 165; Zamorano Eighty 63. 

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Chip at head of spine, minuscule chip with some fraying at heel, spine and edges sunned; a few stains; cover detached at front hinge, a few stains within; mildly ill-creased map with small stubtear; about very good.
 
Item number:
305821
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