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DeGroot's Recollections of California Mining Life, 1884  

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Recollections of California Mining Life. Primitive Placers and First Important Discovery of Gold. The Pioneers of the Pioneers - Their Fortune and Their Fate

DeGroot, Henry

San Francisco

Dewey & Co.



16 pp. 5 full page wood engravings. (8vo) 23x16 cm (9x6"), original blue illustrated wrappers, with vignette of miner engaged in his trade on the front wrapper, and illustration of 'Early California Quartz Mill' on rear. First Edition.

"Crammed with gold discovery data." - Wheat. De Groot provides an eye-witness account of the early California Gold Rush. DeGroot was a journalist with the New York Tribune who went to California in 1849. He took up gold mining rather quickly and continued to write about it as a newspaperman. His pamphlet explains Fremont's failure to discover gold, discusses General Sutter's discovery and the principal actors in that drama, the spreading of the news, General Sutter's account of the gold find, and much else. The illustrations are of Sutter's Mill, "where gold was first discovered"; several scenes of gold-mining; "street in a mining town"; and a mining camp in the mountains. Streeter Sale 2985; Wheat, Gold Rush 56; Cowan p.162; Howes D220 note. Old rubberstamp of Holmes Book Co., listing addresses on Mission and on Market streets, San Francisco, at lower margin of front wrapper.

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Some darkening around the margins of the wrappers, tiny nick to upper corner of front wrapper, small crease to lower corner; very good or better.

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