Baltimore: For the Author by Henry Taylor; 1855; First edition [5x7.75”]; Dark brown cloth blind stamped decorations on front and rear covers with gilt lettering and pictorial of miner and pickax on spine;  xii  14-300 pp. ; Shelf wear to all edges and corners bumped, small piece missing in center of spin with no loss of text, some minor rubbing and discoloration to front cover, some foxing throughout text. Overall in very good condition [Kurutz 327, Cowan II 274, Howell 512]. Item #13037
Hinton Helper [1829-1909] was from North Carolina and a strong critic of slavery from the impact to the economy of the South, not because he was an abolitionist. He was the author of The Impending Crisis  which was a very controversial book that forced Helper to relocate to the North.
He spent three years in California and, upon his return to the east, was encouraged by others to write a book from his letters and journals. From the prefaces he writes “... too thoroughly conversant with its rottenness, and its corruption, its squalor and its misery, its crime and its shame, it fold and its dross.” Kurutz comments that “Helper’s book ranks as one of the most famous, oft-quoted, and entertaining books of the Gold Rush.”.