HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA FROM ITS DISCOVERY TO THE PRESENT TIME; Comprising Also a Full Description of Its Climate, Surface, Soil, Rivers, Towns, Beasts, Birds, Fishes, State of Its Society, Agriculture, Commerce, Mines, Mining, &c. E. S. Capron.

HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA FROM ITS DISCOVERY TO THE PRESENT TIME; Comprising Also a Full Description of Its Climate, Surface, Soil, Rivers, Towns, Beasts, Birds, Fishes, State of Its Society, Agriculture, Commerce, Mines, Mining, &c.

Boston: John P. Jewett, 1854. First Edition. Hardcover. As the commercial agent for several major mercantile houses in New York, Elisha Smith Capron traveled to California via Nicaragua in 1853, visiting the principal cities and towns of the state as he discharged the duties of his commission. Capron's narrative, which opens with three chapters on the history, natural history, and geography of the state, is of particular interest for its vivid descriptions of San Francisco, among them seamy details of the city's lurid side, and first-hand accounts of the gold mines, mining, and miners, including enlightening explanations of various mining techniques, as well as details of the miners' courts, miners' homes, and Chinese exclusionary measures. Includes the 17" x 13" folding map of California in 1854 with an inset of San Francisco, published by J.H. Colton, tipped in opposite the title page. Octavo. Original brown cloth binding, with decorative gilt and blind stamping. Negligible crease to the top corner of a few leaves, with a short closed tear to the folding map. The boards are especially fresh and bright. Better than very good. Cowan p.104; Howes C127; Kurutz 116; Graff 580; Wheat 254. Very good. Item #66793

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