The First Forty-Niner; and the Story of the Golden Tea-Caddy
New York: Minton, Balch & Company, 1925. Near Fine in Very Good dust-jacket First Edition. [5.25x7.75”];127 pp., six plates of images and illustrations including frontispiece; Half mustard cloth with light brown/black marble paper boards, dark brown lettering and device on spine; Some shelf wear to edges and bumped corners, slightly darken spine, prior owner light pencil notes throughout text. [Cowan64 p. 571]. Item #13406
A sketch of Sam Brannan was a major character in the early days of San Francisco and California. A true adventurer, racketeer, entrepreneur, scoundrel and founder of Calistoga, the first spa resort in Northern California. In 1846, he was part of the California revolt from Mexico and to secure the City for the United States. During the early days of the gold rush, he helped to organize the lawless boom town of San Francisco and Sacramento.