8vo, pp. ix, , 271, [1, blank], with seven plates; a few marks and creases to corners, slight staining to p. 76, short tear to fore-edge of p. 47-8 and 205-6; otherwise a very good copy in publisher’s maroon cloth stamped in gilt and black; light wear to extremities, covers lightly rubbed; bookplate of the United States Life-Saving Service.
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The land of gold. A tale of ’49. Illustrative of early pioneer life in California, and founded upon fact. Dedicated to California pioneers ... With seven illustrations.
First edition. ‘This narrative ... is contributed to the file of literature for the purpose of keeping green the memory of the achievements of the early pioneers in California, and to show future generations what it cost to add what was once a wild unbroken solitude to civilisation and fame’ (Preface). The illustrations include ‘Capturing the Grizzly Bear’. Spurr would later publish A fight with a grizzly bear: a story of thrilling interest (1886).
Cowan, A bibliography of the history of California p. 606.
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