New York: Rudd & Carleton, 1861. 1st edition (Baird & Greenwood 2529; Cowan, p. 670; Gaer, p. 51; Wright 2658). viii,  - 350,  pp. Publisher list last 6 pages. 12mo. 7-1/2" x 5". Original publisher's purple cloth, with gilt stamped spine lettering & boards stamped in blind. Binding sunned, worn & dampstained. Gathering 6 protrudes a bit. PO name stamp to ffep. A Good copy. Item #28717
The author, born in Maine and who traveled to California in 1849 for the Gold Rush, has written a novel that, perhaps, mirrors his own personal story of a New Englander who comes to California during that tulmutuous time. Herein the reader finds much realistic detail employed depicting the protagonist's life as a miner & gambler, including a rather graphic account of a Mexican woman's hanging at Downieville in 1851, "an event that caused much distress throughout the state."
Per Baird & Greenwood, one of the rarer works of 19th C. California fiction.