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Meyer, Carl: (translated by Ruth Frey Axe):

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Claremont, Ca.: Saunders Studio Press, 1938. xii,[4],282pp., plus two inserted leaves providing facsimiles of the original wrappers and titlepage. Original tan cloth, stamped in green. Cloth lightly soiled, else fine. Without the dustjacket. Translated by Ruth Frey Axe, and with an introduction by Henry Wagner. First published in 1855 in Germany, this is the first complete English-language edition, printed by the Saunders Studio Press in an edition of 450 copies. Meyer, a native of Germany, arrived in New Orleans in February, 1849, on his way to the Isthmus and ultimately California. He provides a valuable description of California at the height of the Gold Rush, and "his summaries of the last vestiges of Mexican California are all choice" - Kurutz. A valuable aspect of Meyer's narrative is his description of African Americans in the mines, who came to California not only to escape the south but also to earn money to purchase the freedom of their relatives or friends. "A series of 'word pictures' of lasting import" - Wheat. "One of the lengthier and more important eyewitness accounts of California's rags-to-riches history during the gold rush years" - Madden. Howes is in error in calling for two volumes for this edition. KURUTZ 439b. MADDEN, CALIFORNIEN B24. ROCQ 15961. HOWES M572. NORRIS CATALOGUE 2456. WHEAT, GOLD RUSH 140 (original edition). COWAN, p.428 (original edition). Bookseller Inventory # 1903

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