Bayard Taylor. Eldorado, or, Adventures in the Path of Empire. New York/London: George P. Putnam/Richard Bentley, 1850.

    First edition. Two twelvemo volumes. xii, 251, [1, blank]; [2], 4, [2], 5-247, [1, blank], 17, 17A-43, [3] pages. With eight tinted lithograph plates and tissue guards.

    Original green blindstamped cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on backstrips. Spines sunned. Minor shelf wear; a quarter-sized abrasion (with some board visible) to lower cover of Volume II.. Text block of Volume I at page 168 split (but holding strong). Plates with moderate to heavy foxing; light foxing to text. Contemporary ink presentation to Frances A. Kimball, from her grandmother, D. V. Kimball. Overall an excellent copy, preserved in a blue cloth slipcase with morocco edges.

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    Taylor's "chronicle of the voyage to California via Panama is the best in print, and his chapters dealing with the constitutional convention at Monterey in 1849 are unexcelled" (Libros Californianos). "This work by an eminent writer and artist is probably the outstanding book on the early gold rush in California" (Zamorano Eighty). Zamorano Eighty, 73.

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