An Important Early Book About the Gold Rush Written by Paul Revere's Grandson, and Signed by Him
Joseph Warren Revere. A Tour of Duty in California;
Including a Description of the Gold Region: and an Account of the
Voyage Around Cape Horn; with Notices of Lower California, the Gulf
and Pacific Coasts, and the Principal Events Attending the Conquest
of the Californias. Edited by Joseph E. Balestier.
New York: C. S. Francis & Co, 1849. First edition of "one of
the most important books on the Gold Rush [which] figures on most
selected lists" (Streeter 2492). Signed by Revere on the front
free endpaper. Octavo. [2, blank], [xii], 305, [1, blank], [6,
publisher's ads], [1, blank] pages. With folding map ("The Harbor
of San Francisco") inserted at front, and five full-page plates
based on Revere's designs inserted throughout. On page [xi], there
is an engraving entitled "Design for the Arms of California" also
based on Revere's design. Publisher's full brown cloth, ruled and
stamped in blind on covers, ruled and lettered in gilt on spine.
Yellow-coated endpapers. Spine and board edges sunned and rubbed, a
few leaves somewhat roughly opened (not affecting text), some minor
wear to map at right edge just below the point where it is affixed
to the text, pages 134-135 are browned, possibly due to offset from
a newspaper article that may have been put there. Still, a near
fine copy of this important book, with a rare signature.
"Revere was the grandson of American revolutionary Paul Revere. His book is one of the outstanding authorities on the period of the conquest, and his descriptions of California and the gold regions are among the best. The book contains valuable chapters on land law and land titles, as well as the complete report of Colonel Mason on the gold fields" (Hill 1439). "One of the most valuable works of the period" (Cowan I, pp. 189-90).
Cowan II, p. 530. Graff 3474 & 3475. Hill 1439. Howes R222. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 529a.
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