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Capron's History of California 1854  

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History of California, from Its Discovery to the Present Time; Comprising also a Full Description of its Climate, Surface, Soil...with a Journal of the Voyage from New York, via Nicaragua, to San Francisco, and Back, via Panama

Capron, Elisha S.


John P. Jewett & Co.



[2], [iii]-xi, 356 pp. Large folding hand-colored lithographed map of California with an inset of San Francisco, by J.H. Colton, dated 1854, before the title page, as issued. (8vo) original blindstamped brown cloth, spine stamped and lettered in gilt. First Edition.

Presentation copy, with "Presented by author" inscription on the front free endpaper. Important observations of San Francisco and California during the early years of development following the initial rush for gold. Cowan p.104; Graff 580; Howes C127; Kurutz 116; Rocq 16759; Wheat Gold Region 254.

In 1853 Capron went to California as a commercial agent of several large mercantile houses in New York City. He visited the principal cities and villages of the state, and traversed the various mining regions. Besides an in-depth description of San Francisco's lurid side, he gives definitions of various mining techniques, and description of the miners' court, miners' home, and Chinese exclusion.

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Light wear to cloth with minor chipping at spine ends; clear tape repairs to folding map, scattered light foxing; very good.

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