Publication: Printed For Private Circulation, 1898, Chicago
First edition. 12mo. Inked signature of the author on the front free fly leaf "Compliments of Chalkley J. Hambleton." 7 1/4" x 4 1/2" green cloth with titles stamped in gilt on the front cover, 116  pp., untrimmed. A spectacular firsthand account of the experiences of one stricken with ‘Gold Fever.’ Setting off in partnership with 4 other men, they hauled 24 tons of mining equipment by ox cart across the Great Plains from St. Joseph, Missouri to Denver, Colorado. Hambleton has vivid accounts of encounters with Native Americans, buffalo herds, and “the returning army of disappointed gold seekers.” After two years in the business, Hambleton grew “tired and disgusted” of the gold fields and returned home to Chicago. In his later years, Hambleton became a prominent Chicago lawyer, real estate developer, and member of the Chicago Board of Education. This candid work was printed privately for circulation among family and friends. Fine, bright copy.
Inventory Number: 47102