New York: Whittlesey House, McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1930. Near Fine. First Edition. [8.75x6.5in]; xiii, 278 pp., frontispiece image of Enos Christman, seven illustrations; Marbled maroon and gold cloth cover with tan spine backing and red lettering, top edge maroon ink stained, fore edge untrimmed; minor wear to edges and corners of covers, stain spot on bottom edge of front end papers, tipped in remains of rear dust jacket panel summary of book development. [Kurutz 128, Cowan64 124]. Item #11711
Enos Christman (1828-1912) was a Pennsylvania printers apprentice that, among thousands of others, left in July 1949, as a member of the California Gold Mining Association of Philadelphia for California. The Association booked travel around Cape Horn on the ship Europe and arrived in San Francisco in February 1850. As usual, once the arriving in California, the Association disbanded and the members were on their own. Christman tried prospecting on the Calaveras River and diggings in Mariposa. He also was a partner and typesetter with the Sonora Herald from July 1850 to August 1851. In October, 1852, he returned to Pennsylvania. His journals and correspondence were found by his granddaughter and prepared for this book.