TWELVE YEARS In The MINES Of CALIFORNIA; Embracing a General View of the Gold Region, with Practical Observations on Hill, Placer, and Quartz Diggings; and Notes on the Origin of Gold Deposits. Lawson B. Knowland Patterson, Joseph R. - Former Owner, 1873 - 1966.

TWELVE YEARS In The MINES Of CALIFORNIA; Embracing a General View of the Gold Region, with Practical Observations on Hill, Placer, and Quartz Diggings; and Notes on the Origin of Gold Deposits.

Cambridge: Printed by Miles and Dillingham, 1862. 1st edition (Bradford 4212; Cowan II, p.475/6; Graff 3211; Howes P121; Kurutz 484; Rocq 15995; Sabin 59140; Streeter 2876; Wheat, Gold Rush Books 154). 108, [2 (blank)] pp. 12mo. 6-7/8" x 4-1/2". Original publisher's brown cloth binding with gilt stamped title lettering to front board. Peach-colored paper eps. Square & tight. Bright gilt. Shelfwear, with chipping to spine ends. PO signature, on ffep, of J. R. Knowland, of Oakland Tribune fame. A VG - VG+ copy. Item #37418

Arriving in California in 1849, Patterson was one of the few 'Argonaut's that stuck, staying at it for 12 years. Kurutz tells us, "In addition to Patterson's own experiences, much of this book is devoted to the discovery of gold, the gold region, its geology, advice to new miners, and the weather in 1853." Wheat goes a bit further, "Observations of permanent import..."

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