Tours: Ad Mame et Cie, 1853. [1-half title], , [1 blank], [frontis], 188 pp. Chromolithographic frontispiece and 7 chromolithographic plates with tissue guards. Original pictorial paper covered boards in color and gilt [minor wear], all edges gilt. Front board illustration of a large sailing boat at sea, with a smaller boat containing three people in the foreground rowing to it. Very Good.
This children's story centers on a Frenchman, transfixed by the Gold Rush, who travels from Le Havre to search for gold in California. He has two boys with him; they go to San Francisco in 1848 via New York, the Panama Canal, and the Gulf of Mexico. The book describes their adventures, their labors in the mines, and their accounts of mining life. The eight fine plates depict scenes of mining life as well as a view of San Francisco.
FIRST EDITION. Cowan, page 837. 35 Decker 683. Jones 1298. Item #31372