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Buffum's Six Months in the Gold Mines  

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Six Months in the Gold Mines: from a Journal of Three Year's Residence in Upper and Lower California, 1847-8-9

Buffum, E. Gould


Richard Bentley



xi, [1], 244 pp. (12mo) 17x10 cm (6¾x4"), original blindstamped blue cloth, gilt spine, yellow 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.

Lot Amendments

Binding worn, spine darkened, chips at spine ends, front joint starting, soiling; hinges cracked, front board nearly detached, binding shaken, some stains; good.

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