Hartford: E.T. Pease, 1852. 192pp., including frontispiece and a full-page plate, and several in-text illustrations. 12mo. Modern three quarter red morocco and red cloth, spine gilt, raised bands, top edge gilt. A bit of light, scattered foxing. Very good. An important early Gold Rush narrative and Pacific voyage, with an interesting section on Hawaii. Lyman, a twenty-four year old merchant from Hartford, was a member of the Connecticut Mining and Trading Company, which sailed for California on board the schooner General Morgan. They left New York on February 22, 1849, and arrived at San Francisco on August 6. Lyman describes their adventure-filled voyage around Cape Horn and his experiences in San Francisco and the mining region in journal form. After an unsuccessful effort at mining he and others from the company established stores at Sacramento and Mormon Island, and also operated their schooner on the Sacramento River. His descriptions of San Francisco, the mines, and Hawaii are valuable. A list of the members of the company is given before the beginning of the text and the appendix lists steamboat routes in California and the total amount of gold taken out of California through October, 1850. The preface explains that Lyman meant his journal only for his family, but that its positive response "induced the publisher to print a limited number of copies." The manuscript, it is explained "was very fully illustrated with graphic pencil sketches, of great artistic skill and beauty," though only two of them were used in the book. The two plates show the General Morgan rounding Cape Froward, and the harbor at Rio de Janeiro. The many in-text illustrations, while appropriate to the text, appear to be common "stock" woodcuts of the time. "A very rare and curious work" - Cowan. After his adventures in California Lyman went to Hawaii on a trading voyage, and the final thirty pages concern that voyage and his experiences in the islands. "The narrative is of particular interest for its accounts of short visits to the islands of Kauai and Niihau" - Forbes. Lyman visited the Rhodes and Wundenberg plantations, attended services at the Waioli church, and gives a good description of native customs, including their "lewd" dance, the hula. This work is found in cloth and in printed wrappers. The present copy has been rebound in mid twentieth century morocco and cloth, and conforms in its physical description to the Holliday copy, though without any identifying bookplate. This copy, however, was acquired from a family that had several dealings with Dawson's Bookshop, which was the buyer of the Lyman in the Holliday sale in 1954. Not in Sabin. KURUTZ 411. COWAN, p.400. ROCQ 15926. HOWES L577, "b." HOWELL 50:613. FORBES 1887. HILL 1047. WHEAT, GOLD RUSH 129. VAIL, p.20. STREETER SALE 2715. LITTELL SALE 677. BRAISLIN SALE 1202. HOLLIDAY SALE 709. NORRIS CATALOGUE 2255. N° de ref. de la librería
Título: JOURNAL OF A VOYAGE TO CALIFORNIA, AND LIFE ...
Encuadernación: Leather bound
Condición del libro: Very good
Descripción E. T. Pease, Hartford, 1852. Soft cover. Estado de conservación: Fair. 1st Edition. Paperback copy with frontispiece and several in-text illustrations. This copy shows considerable wear, with page edges chipped. Missing the last few pages. (last page marked #184) Frail, but still a good working copy. An important early Gold Rush narrative along with and Pacific voyage to Hawaii. Lyman describes their voyage around Cape Horn, his experiences in San Francisco along with the mining region in journal form. After an unsuccessful effort at mining he and others from the company established stores at Sacramento and Mormon Island, and also operated their schooner on the Sacramento River. His descriptions of San Francisco, the mines, and Hawaii are valuable. A rare and sought after book of the gold rush era. Nº de ref. de la librería 39144