Lot 311[GOLD RUSH-MAP]
JOHNSON, THEODORE T. Sights in the Gold Region and Scenes by the Way. New York: Baker & Scribner, 1849. First edition, with the map of the Gold Region issued with second edition affixed at end. Publisher's cloth. 7 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches (18.5 x 11 cm); xii, 278 pp., with folding lithographed map by T. Sinclair, Map of the Gold Region from actual survey by direction of Com. Jones, 1849, [published 1850], sheet 7 1/8 x 6 1/4 inches. The map mostly affixed to the rear pastedown leaving one folding panel, some showthrough of adhesive, one small manuscript addition, early pencilled ownership signature to the front blank, slight lean, chips to head and foot of spine, but a clean and bright copy overall.
"One of the best earlier accounts of the gold fields..." (Howes). This first edition contains the map issued with some but not all copies of the second edition Map of the Gold Region from actual survey by direction of Com. Jones, 1849, which depicts the gold fields from Yuba to Santa Clara. Wheat describes Johnson's narrative as "one of the earliest published accounts by an actual `returned Californian,' who asserts that he visited California to dig gold, but chose to abandon that purpose rather than expose his life and health in the mines." Howes J154; Kurutz 363c; Sabin 36329; Wagner-Camp 167g:3; Wheat Maps 163; (Wheat Books 112).
C Estate of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson
Sold for $1,000
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