Message from the President of the United States to the Two Houses of Congress, at the Commencement of the Second Session of the Thirtieth Congress
Washington DC: Wendell and Van Benthuysen, 1848. Ex. Doc. No. 1. Thirtieth Congress - Second Session. 1275pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] 3/4 leather over brown boards with the title gilt stamped on the backstrip. Very good. Title page laid in. Contemporary inscription on the front free endsheet. Minor sporadic foxing. This copy lacks the large hand-colored map of the U.S., reflecting the various portions added following the Mexican War.
Three fold-out maps:
'Upper Mines/Lower Mines or Mormon Diggings'
'Santa Cruz de Rosales'
'Harbor of Guaymas'
15 Fold-out building plans for Naval installations:
'Portsmouth, N.H. Timber Shed'
'Portsmouth, N.H. Commander's House'
'Boston Cordage Store and Sail Loft'
'Philadelphia House for Officers'
'Philadelphia West End Smithery'
'Boston Coal Houses, Blacksmith's Shop, and Rope Walk'
'Memphis Gateway, Guard and Master House'
'New York Double Tenement for Officers Dwellings'
'Portsmouth N.H. Naval Magazine'
'Pensacola 1st Class House/2nd Class House'
'Portsmouth, N.H. Engine House'
'Portsmouth, N.H. House for Heating Pitch'
'Philadelphia Timber Shed and Mould Loft'. Item #8054
This message from President Polk includes the official announcement of the discovery of gold in California, this announcement is the earliest official account of the discovery of Gold by Marshall in California, setting off the gold rush to the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California. This work also contains Colonel R.B. Mason's celebrated report of his visit to 'the newly discovered gold 'placer' in the valley of the Sacramento. Kurutz 105. Howes P446. Cowan p.153. Wheat Books 30.