Four Months Among the Gold-Finders in Alta California: Being the Diary of an Expedition from San Francisco to the Gold Districts
London: David Bogue, 1849. First Edition. 207pp. Octavo [20.5 cm] Full red cloth with decorative blind stamping to boards and the title gilt stamped on the backstrip. Better than very good. Frontis map of the gold fields of California. James S. Copley's bookplate on the front pastedown. Item #8056
Consulting what reports he could find and exercising his excellent imagination, young Henry Vizetelly produced in London an account of "personal experiences" in the California diggings that fooled most of the authorities for upwards of half a century. Even though now exposed as fiction, by Vizetelly's own confession, this unique effort remains a valuable item of Gold Rush literature. It was translated early on into French, German, and Swedish. Kurutz 653a. Graff 4494. Howes V134. Sabin 8350. Wheat Books 217. Wheat Maps of the Gold Region 60. Cowan p.25.