San Francisco: The Grabhorn Press, 1933. Near Fine. First Edition. Valenti Angelo. Limited to 500, [9.375x5.75in]; xxx, , 101 pp., , bibliography, thirteen illustrations at beginning of chapters, marginal notes, extensive introduction by Lyman; Forest green paper covers with dark green cloth backstrip, white paper label with black lettering. ship and rules on spine, illustration of pick, shovel and pan on front, top edge trimmed and others untrimmed; Minimal shelf wear with minor age toning to cover edges and spine label, minor rubbing to top and bottom of spine, offset toning on front and rear end papers, inscription on front end paper "To Mr. & Mrs. L. Foster Young - with appreciation of maps, wine, woman and song - George D. Lyman Sept. 17, 1933" [Kurutz 678d, Wheat Gold Rush Books 227, Volkmann Z80 79a, Grabhorn 186]. Item #13689
Felix Paul Wierzbicki (1815-1860) was a physician, soldier, traveler and writer. The original first edition was the first English-language book published in California in October, 1849 and a second expanded edition was issued in December, 1849. Both 1849 editions are extremly scarce likely due to the rough filed use and paper bindings. The small paper wrapper booklet was very a popular guide book to the gold region and sold out quickly. This 1933 Grabhorn edition is a reprint of the second edition. From Kurutz, "The first part of this celebrated book is an overall description of California ... a general discourse on the mines and sage advice to miners, covering practical subjects as a miner's outfit, the rocker, provisions, mining companies, horses, prospecting methods, health, winter in the mines, and descriptions of the mining camps."