CAPRON, Elisha Smith
History of California From Its Discovery to the Present Time; Comprising Also A Full Description of Its Climate, Surface Soil, Rivers, Towns, Beasts, Birds, Fishes, State of Its Society, Agriculture, Commerce, Mines, Mining, &c. With a Journal of the Voyage from New York via Nicaragua, to San Francisco, and Back, via Panama. With a New Map of the Country
First Edition with Folding Tinted Map, Extensive and Valuable Information
“According to the preface: ‘In April 1853, the author proceeded to California, as a commercial agent of several extensive mercantile houses in New York city. In the discharge of the duties of his commission, he visited the principal cities of the state….He also traversed various parts of the mining regions, and sojourned with the miners, among their valleys and mountains.
In the second part, Capron gives a description of San Francisco with details of its lurid state. The third part is devoted to gold mines, mining, and miners. It consists primarily of lucid definitions of various mining techniques as well as descriptions of the miner’ court, miners’ home and Chinese exclusion. The last portion of the book contains his well-written journal from New York to Nicaragua and California. Capron left on April 23, 1853 and arrived in San Francisco on May 21. He began the return trip on September 12.” (Kurutz)
Also extensive treatment to the Mexican War and conquest of California.
Boston: Published by John P. Jewett& Company, 1854, First Edition, 356 pages, Tinted folding Colton map present. Original blindstamped cloth decoratively stamped and gilt lettering to spine.
Hill 254, Kurutz 116, Wheat: Maps of California Gold Region, 254, Howes C127
Housed in a Beautiful Quarter Bound Clamshell Case with Leather Spine