A TOUR OF DUTY IN CALIFORNIA; INCLUDING A DESCRIPTION OF THE GOLD REGION
Revere, Joseph Warren; edited by Joseph N. Balestier. 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.... With a Map and Plates from Original Designs. New York: C.S. Francis & Co.; Boston: J.H. Francis, 1849. 12mo. [Leaves 18.9 cm.] vi, , 305 pages, plus three leaves of publisher's ads [numbered: 1, 2, 6, 7, 10, 14.] Complete with folding map and six lithograph plates after sketches by the author. Recent quarter calf over marbled boards with red leather spine label stamped in gold. Binding is fine. Embossed stamp of the Sondley Reference Library on title page, one other text leaf, and in four places on the map. Small number stamp on verso of title and in margin of one other leaf. Interior is otherwise good plus. Some light damping, affecting a portion of the map (horizontal band about nine centimeters wide) and the lower quarter of some text leaves (most prominent on first and last few leaves, becoming very faint for most of text block, and disappearing entirely on some of the inner leaves). No discernible impact from damping on plates, however, some plates show slightest offsetting from text and two of them each have a small, light spot of foxing. Light creasing to lower corners of a few text leaves.
FIRST EDITION. An important account of life in California during the conquest and occupation by the United States. Joseph Warren Revere (1812-1880), a native of Boston and the grandson of Paul Revere, was serving as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy when he arrived in California in 1846. After the Bear Flag Revolt, he raised the U.S. flag over Sonoma and commanded the garrison there for a time. In addition to the military operations of the period, he here describes life on the ranchos, the Native American population, and the natural resources of California. He left California before the Gold Rush began in earnest, but discusses initial reports on the gold discoveries. The map depicts the "Harbour of San Francisco California." It was sketched by the author from Beechey's survey. The plates include views of Monterey, Sutter's Fort, a quicksilver mine near Santa Clara, an Indian encampment, and Mount Diablo, and a scene of a ranchero capturing a bear. Cowan, p. 530. Streeter IV, 2592. Sabin 70182. Howes R222.
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