The Great Diamond Hoax and Other Stirring Incidents in the Life of Asbury Harpending
by Wilkins, James H., ed.
James H. Barry Co.,
First edition. 283pp, illus. Spine slightly faded, owner's bookplate on ffep, else clean and very good. The hoax of the title is a cautionary (or heartwarming, depending on your perspective) tale of shrewd San Francisco bankers trying to dupe rough miners and being themselves hoodwinked. The scam, a salted gem field, was uncovered by Clarence King, just off the 40th parallel survey. There is a good deal more on Harpending's business adventures in California. Paher 787.
Book Id: 22201