CANFIELD, Chauncey (1843-1909)

CANFIELD, Chauncey (1843-1909)

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The Diary of a Forty-Niner (49r) - Presentation Copy, Inscribed to Charles Warren Stoddard

“Canfield in his preface writes: “Bearing every evidence of geniuses, it purported to be experiences of one Alfred T. Jackson, a pioneer miner who cabined and worked on Rock Creek, Nevada County, California”
  • CANFIELD, Chauncey (1843-1909)

     

    Presentation Copy, Inscribed to Charles Warren Stoddard

     

    “Canfield in his preface writes: “Bearing every evidence of geniuses, it purported to be experiences of one Alfred T. Jackson, a pioneer miner who cabined and worked on Rock Creek, Nevada County, California” The diary covers the period of May 18, 1850 to June 17, 1852, ad presents a most colorful picture of the mining life. To illustrate, its first sentence states: “The pork I bought in town last night is the stinkenest salt junk ever brought around the Horn.” 

     

    According to Rocq and Gudde, the diary is a romanticized story based on the recollections of a miner named Lewis Hanchett and Canfield’s own research.

    “Fiction, but of notable quality as a depiction of Gold Rush life and times. (Reprinted, Boston and New York, 1920, and, as Jackson’s Diary of a Forty-Niner and Guide, Berkeley, 1947” (Wheat, Gold Rush) Written in a form of a diary but fictional, purports to be the diary of Alfred T. Jackson, of Litchfield County, Connecticut, during his days as a gold prospector from 1850 to 1852. Offers firsthand accounts of Nevada City and neighboring Rock Creek. Also descriptions of Grass Valley, North and South Yuba Valleys and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  Descriptions of overland crossings, details of gold mining with foreign mineworkers including Chinese. Even details of his courtship with French woman in the camps.

     

    San Francisco (and) New York, 1906, First Edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: “To Charles Warren Stoddard. With compliments of t he author. Chauncey L. Canfield. San Francisco Dec 27th 1907”, Octavo, Original brown boards with red cloth backstrip. Front cover lettered in gilt and pictorially painted in black, green, red, and gilt. Spine lettering in gilt. Some light rubbing, corners bumped and slight foxing to edges, 231 pages, color frontispiece map present.

     

    Delkin edition presents a fascinating account of the publication history of the book and how fires in San Francisco in 1906 and New York in 1908 nearly wiped out Canfield’s publishing venture. Two thousand copies were printed of which 1,200 were burned. (Kurutz)

     

    Classic Gold Rush title in Custom Quarter Brown Calf Slipcase