Philadelphia. 1850. 172pp. plus advertisements. Original printed wrappers. Spine perished, wrappers quite soiled, scuffed, and stained. Scattered foxing and staining (mostly in the second half of the text). Good, in original condition. Item #WRCAM43682
"One of the chief sources of authority for the history of that period" - Cowan. Bancroft called the book "One of the most important contributions to the history of California." Buffum arrived in Baja California in 1847 as an officer in the U.S. army of occupation, and was mustered out of the service in October 1848. The first half of the book is devoted to a description of Buffum's career in the gold mines, while the latter half gives a description of California in 1849. A former journalist in New York, Buffum gives a vivid account of his experiences. He later served as editor of the ALTA CALIFORNIA newspaper. "Observing the Gold Rush from its beginnings, he recounted every facet of life including the tremendous non-mining potential of California and the formation of government" - Kurutz. Scarce in the original wrappers. BARRETT 389. GRAFF 472. STREETER SALE 2613. HILL 207. HOWES B943, "aa." WHEAT GOLD RUSH 28. SABIN 9067. KURUTZ 97. BYRD 7. COWAN, p.83. HOWELL 50:28. NORRIS CATALOGUE 436. ROCQ 15726.