Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1930. Fine in Near Fine dust-jacket First Edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company; 1930; First Edition [5.75x8.5”]; Bright green cloth binding with red lettering, device and rules on spine, top edge stained red; Dark yellow dust jacket with deep red lettering and wrap around illustration of mining operation with narrative on back; viii, , 294 pp., eight plates of images including frontispiece; binding has bookseller label at bottom of back endpaper; Dust jacket has minor chips at top and bottom of slightly darken spine, two 1/2” closed tears along top front edge, minor toning and shelf wear along edges; Overall condition is near fine. [Kurutz 96, Cowan p. 81]. Item #12998
This book is a compilation of letters from the author to his sister from 1846 to 1881. They were intended for her only and have a style and brightness not usually found in letters intend for publication. In January, 1849, Buck travel from New York around the horn to arrive in San Francisco in August. He initially became a successful trader in Sacramento and turned to mining when business slowed. After earning his fortune, he traveled to the pacific islands and then returned to California to open a general store to 1866.