Palo Alto, CA: Lewis Osborne, 1966. Very Good in Very Good dust-jacket First Edition. 4to [11x8in]; 86 pp., , 21 illustrations from , Southern Oregon and Northern California map by Scholfield on end papers; Light green cloth on covers with gilt lettering on spine and gilt playing card symbols on front, map on front and back end papers, all edges trimmed, laid in folded facsimile of Nevada Democrat March 3, 1858 front page on the execution of Major C. Bolin; Plain original dust jacket; Minimal edge wear to covers with some fading along edges and spine; Cream plain dust jacket age toned and slightly darken spine. [Kurutz 63b]. Item #13394
Major C. Bolin, aka David Butler, was one of the many notorious individuals of the California Gold Rush. From the Introduction by Richard Dillion, noted librarian and author on many articles and books on California, "The name was an alias adopted by an Ohio Argonaut in 1853 when he became a gambler in the California mining camps. His real name was Major C. Bolin, the Major being his first name and not a military title." This is an account, in Bolin's own words related to his attorney, A. A. Sargent, of his life in California and Oregon that ended with a dramatic escape from prosecution for murder, to be capture, returned for trial, conviction and execution.