DEXTER, A. Hersey
First Edition of This Rare Reminiscence Including Gold Rush Experiences
“Dexter’s recollection, filled with anecdotes, apparently was designed to entertain, rather than give a detailed day-to-day account . The author recounts experiences that include Christmas and such unethical practices as salting a claim, mistreating Chinese, and grave digging. He came to California from New York in the ship Susan Drew on September 22, 1849. He tells of piloting boats in San Francisco, operating a ferry on the American River at Sacramento, and prospecting on the Yuba, as well as a disastrous lawsuit, the horrendous winter of 1853, and life in Murphy’s Camp” (Kurutz)
Denver: Privately Printed, Printer’s imprint: Denver, Colorado: Tribune-Republican Press 1886, Octavo two parts in one, 214 pages, Original publisher’s brown cloth pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt on front cover and lettered in gilt on spine. Original floral pattern endpapers. Minor wear to spine and extremities and corners. Otherwise an excellent copy of a scarce title.
Kurutz 192, Howes D-312, Rocq 15776