REPORT OF HON. T. BUTLER KING ON CALIFORNIA. Washington: Printed by Gideon & Co., 1850. 23.x14.5 cm (octavo), pp. [1-3] 4-72, errata slip tipped onto the title leaf, original tan wrappers printed in black, sewn. Second (and best) edition. "This report to the government by the Collector of Customs at San Francisco gave Washington its first official information on the gold strike" (Howes). "... outstanding report ... it was widely read" (Wheat). Kurutz remarks that King who argued for the exclusion of foreigners from the mines, recognized the plight of the miners: "Those who purchase and ship gold to the Atlantic States make large profits; but those who dig lose what others make." Cowan (1933), p. 329. Howes K153. Kurutz 377b. Rocq 16970. Sabin 37840. Wheat, Gold Rush 118. Most of the spine panel is missing, tiny chip from upper fore-edge corner of the front wrapper, rear wrapper worn at corners and just a bit dusty, a very good copy. A very nice copy of this historic work. Enclosed in a custom green quarter leather clamshell box with black leather label affixed to the spine panel. (#166761).
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