Berkeley: University of California Press, 1948. First Edition. 321pp. Octavo [22.5 cm] Red cloth with the title stamped in black on the backstrip. Jacket is price-clipped otherwise both the jacket and book are in better than very good condition. Item #2653
In this book John Caughey tells the story of California's gold in human-interest terms. He describes the gold discovery in detail, taking plenty of time to set down exactly what happened and to characterize Marshall and Sutter, the Mormons and other participants. He reports that gradual spread of the news throughout the world, comments on the gathering momentum of the rush, and discusses the early mining methods and tools.