Rare California Imprint[California Imprint] Heckendorn and Wilson, compilers. Miners & Business Men's Directory. For the Year Commencing January 1st, 1856. Embracing a General Directory of the Citizens of Tuolumne, and Portions of Calaveras, Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties. Together With the Mining Laws of Each District, a Description of Different Camps, and Other Interesting Statistical Matter. Columbia (California): Printed at the Clipper office, 1856. First edition. Octavo.  104 pages printed in two columns. Engraved plate of Columbia by C. C. Kuchel. Numerous advertisements (many illustrated). Contemporary pencil presentation by G. B. Plummer on first leaf. Original printed wrappers with ads, sewn. Light marginal wear and chipping to wraps (particularly lower wrap at upper blank margin); text with light to moderate foxing, overall in a remarkable state of preservation and in better than very good condition. Offered in half red morocco slipcase and chemise.
"For each area there is a short historical section. An important feature of this volume is the series of mining laws, most of which are printed here for the first and only time." (Graff). "Contains a full-page wood-cut of Columbia. The directory proper contains a listing of all the residents of Columbia, Sonora, Jamestown, Shaw's Flat, Springfield, Gold Springs, Yankee Hill, Saw Mill, Brown's Flat, Tuttletown, Mormon Gulch, etc., etc." (Greenwood). In the histories that accompany each town are excellent details, including much on race relations and the Foreign Miner's Tax. The Sonora history contains a poem, "The Great Greaser Extermination Meeting".
References: Graff 1844. Greenwood, California Imprints 693; Howes H389, Streeter 2815.
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