TAYLOR, Bayard (1825-1878)
Eldorado, or, Adventures in the Path of Empire: Comprising a Voyage to California, via Panama; Life in San Francisco and Monterey; Pictures of the Gold Region, and Experiences of Mexican Travel
"Probably the Outstanding Book on the Early Gold Rush in California" (Cleland) “With Gorgeous Colored
Plates of California Scenes” (Hanna)
The author's description of the Constitutional Convention in Monterey is the best we have, as are also the views he gives us of the earliest mining camps. The colored plates are beautifully tinted works of art depicting San Francisco, Monterey, Sacramento, and mining camps. Bayard Taylor saw everything and recorded all he saw" (Zamarano). The fine plates include San Francisco in November, 1848; Lower Bar, Mokelumne River; Monterey; The Volcano Diggings; San Francisco in November 1849; Sacramento City, from the South; Portsmouth Square, San Francisco; Mazatlan. The book met with great success selling 10,000 copies in America and 30,000 in England within two weeks.
New York: George P. Putnam, 1850, First Edition, 2 volumes, 12 mo. An attractive set complete with all of the plates. The lists of plates in volume two uncorrected 8 tinted lithographic plates by Sarony and Major after Taylor's drawings. Volume 2. List of plates incorrectly cites the Mazatlan plate at page 8 rather than page 80 where the plate is bound in the book. Original green publisher's cloth, decorated in blind, spines show slight wear, gilt titles are still bright. Typical moderate foxing throughout.
Cowan p.630, Graff 4074, Howes T43, Kurutz 618a, Sabin 94440, Streeter 2654, Wheat Gold Rush 204, Sloan: Volkmann
Zamorano 80: Number 73
Very Presentable Two Volume California Gold Rush Classic