New York: Cornish, Lamport & Co., Publishers, 1852. First Edition. Hardcover. Item #30241
371,  + pp of publisher's advertisements. Original black cloth stamped in blind on the front and the rear panel, and lettered and decorated in gold on the spine panel. Lacks front free endpaper, blanks, and frontispiece, which is given in facsimile. With seventeen plates (of nineteen) with engravings (four inserted, the others are part of the pagination). Chapters include Overland Expedition to San Francisco, California After the Discovery of Gold, General Observations on California, Conquest of California by the United States, and more. Name in pencil on front pastedown endpaper (S. E. Severson of Racine, Minnesota). Old damp stains to fore and top edge and covers, light scattered foxing and smudges, rear endpapers soiled and with pencil scribbles, front hinge weak. Howes C635. Sabin 14907.; Octavo.