San Francisco: Thomas C. Russell, 1922. 1st book edition (Cowan II, p. 837; Howe C427; Kurutz GOLD RUSH, 133a; Norris 3601; Rocq 6353; Wheat GOLD RUSH, 39; Zamorano 80, 69). #408/450cc. One of 50 printed on thin California bond paper. SIGNED by Russell. l, , 350,  pp. Frontis + 7 color tinted plates. Tissue guards. Head- tailpieces. 8vo. 9" x 6-1/4". Publisher's original grey paper boards, with printed yellow paper dust jacket. Wear to binding extremities, with lower cm of rear board abraded away. Front joint starting top 2" Dust jacket stained & worn, with corresponding loss to lower portion of rear panel. Front panel separated from spine panel along fold. A Good copy in a similar jacket. Item #3622.2
An important work collectiing letters that were originally published serially in The Pioneer Magazine, which provides a vivid first-hand account of the Mining Camp life during California's Gold Rush period, often referred to as "the best account of mining life in the whole of gold rush literature."