Lot 40 of 575:
Buffum's Six Months in the Gold Mines  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$240
Estimate:
$400 - $600

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:
Philadelphia

Publisher:
Lea and Blanchard

Date:
1850

Description:

[v]-xxiv, [25]-172, [42 ]ad pp. (8vo) 21.1x13.5 cm (7½x4¾"), original blindstamped dark brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt. First 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

Condition:
Rebacked, rubbing to cloth; ex-library with label on front pastedown and stamps on several pages; some tears to pages, some toning; overall very good.


 
Item number:
319480
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