San Francisco: The Whitaker & Ray Company, 1905. 1st edition (Baird & Greenwood 1339; Cowan II, 317; Gaer, California Literature (Gold Rush), p. 36:; Howes J240; Norris 1880). 304 pp. Frontis & 6 inserted half-tone plates, by Armer. 12mo. Original publisher's blue rough weave cloth with gilt stamped title lettering to the spine & front board. Cloth a bit dull. Prior owner penciled signatures to eps & top margin, p. 302. Small brown spot, p. 300/301. Withal, a VG copy of a scarce book. Item #40829
"Fictional treatment of the author's own experiences in the gold rush." [B&G].
“Coming to this State with the tide of immigration which flocked in from every quarter in 1850, I made my home in the mines until after the century was ended, in fact my home was in one mining county for forty-nine years. Naturally, in such a long period of residence, I saw mining life in all its various phases.” [from the Preface].
Illustrator Laura May Adams Armer was a well-known San Francisco photographer and artist. She also made motion pictures & wrote children's books.
Per Howes, most of the edition burned [presumably with the 1906 fire]. 2 copies to auction in the last few decades, with the most recent being 2006.