New York. 1850. 456pp. plus plates, folding facsimile, and map. Portrait. Original cloth, rebacked with original backstrip laid down. Bookplate removed. Light dampstaining affecting several leaves at upper fore-edge corner. Else good. Item #WRCAM3285
First edition of this popular and often reprinted narrative, which Howes calls both "interesting and valuable." Colton arrived in California in 1846, at the onset of the Mexican-American War, witnessing battles and appearances by Fremont. He was elected mayor of Monterey, offers an account of the first discovery of gold, notes on Indians, the establishment of missions, views on Asa Whitney's plans for the railroad, etc. HOWES C625. SABIN 14800. HILL 343. FLAKE 2461. ZAMORANO 80, 20. COWAN, p.137. FIELD 346. KURUTZ 151a.