Tour of Duty in California...the gold region...

First edition. vi, 305, 14pp, illus, folding map. Rebound in quarter leather and marbled boards. Largely free of foxing with but a few spots to the map. Carl Wheat calls this "one of the truly important books of the days preceding the gold discovery." Revere (1812-1880), the grandson of Paul Revere, was a U.S. naval officer with the Pacific squadron, and an observer of and participant in the events of the American military conquest of California. He had ample opportunity to observe the area and its people, and the literary talent to describe them in what is considered one of the best contemporary accounts available. Much of the book is descriptive of the Mexican era, but Revere inserted a concluding chapter on the gold deposits, containing Colonel Mason's famous report as well as valuable material on land law and land titles. The folding map (12 x 9 inches) is titled Harbour of San Francisco, California. It shows the region and names several ranchos. Howes R222, Kurutz 529a, Wheat Books of the Gold Rush 165, Zamorano Eighty 63. Item #21473

Price: $750.00

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