GOLD RUSH[:] THE JOURNALS, DRAWINGS, AND OTHER PAPERS OF J. GOLDSBOROUGH BRUFF[,] CAPTAIN, WASHINGTON CITY AND CALIFORNIA MINING ASSOCIATION APRIL 2, 1849 - JULY 20, 1851[.] EDITED BY GEORGIA WILLIS READ AND RUTH GAINES[.] WITH A FOREWORD BY F. W. HODGE. New York: Columbia University Press, 1944. 25.5X18.5 cm (large octavo), two volumes: [i-v] vi [vii] viii-xii [xiii] xiv-xv [xvi-xvii] xviii-xxiii [xxiv-xxvii] xxviii-lxxxviii [1-3] 4-630; [i-v] vi [vii] viii [631-633] 634-1404, illustrations from sketches by Bruff, original cloth-backed boards, spine panels stamped in gold, top edges speckled in red, other edges plain. First edition. "Detailed journals and drawings of a trained draughtsman and engineer, who resigned his army commission and traveled from Washington, D. C., to the diggings ..." (Wheat, Gold Rush). The most elaborate of overland narratives" (Howes). Bruff organized and commanded a party of sixty-six men called the Washington City and California Mining Association, leaving the nation's capital on April 2, 1849, and arriving at the Feather River on November 1 of that year. "While sitting in camp, when he was not writing in his diary, Bruff was making sketches and painting pictures. His artwork, much of which is illustrated in this work, comprises the most extensive extant pictorial record of the overland experience ... Merrill Mattes has described Bruff JOURNALS as 'without question ... the most elaborate and accurate single record of an overland journey for 1849 or any other year.' This meticulously researched work, edited over a fifteen-year period by Georgia Willis Read and Ruth Gaines, covers events from April 2, 1849 to July 20, 1851. Over 340 pages of notes support this massive work" (Zamorano Select). The overland journey is covered in the first volume, his experiences in the mines in the second. About 1250 copies were printed. Howes R91. Kurutz 93a. Mintz 64. Rocq 15724. Wheat, Gold Rush 25. Zamorano Select 10. Mild wrinkling to cloth at upper edges, a very good copy in cloth slipcase with some wear and short splits along top edges. (#167035).
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