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Scenery of the Plains, Mountains and Mines

Langworthy, Franklin

Published by Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1932
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Reprinted from the original 1855 edition, edited with notes by Paul C. Phillips. xviii, 292pp. Facsimile of original title page, 4 plates. Notes, appendix, index. Brick cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. A fine copy. "This account is acclaimed by many sources as one of the best written of all overland narratives" (Mintz). "Franklin Langworthy started for California on April 1, 1850, from near Galena, Illinois, followed the California Trail, and arrived at the Humboldt Sink on October 2. He crossed the Sierra Nevada by way of Carson Pass and arrived at Sacramento on October 27 Langworthy spent two years traveling throughout California and the mining regions and presented his readers with a compact, but vividly written description of the mines, mining methods, and mining society. His accounts of thievery and gambling halls painted a sordid picture of the land of gold. He also wrote of the November 1852 fire in Sacramento; Dr. Bourne's hydropathy (see above under "Bosqui"); bull and bear fights; San Francisco; and the burning of the S.S. Lewis " (Kurutz). [Kurutz: 392b; Mintz: 284]. Bookseller Inventory # 5283

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Title: Scenery of the Plains, Mountains and Mines

Publisher: Princeton University Press, Princeton

Publication Date: 1932

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