First edition. 8vo. Originally published in 1861. Brown embossed cloth, pink front and rear endpapers, vii , 134  pp., frontispiece, preface, illustrated, plates, errata. Clark was a Chicago physician who went to Colorado to prospect for gold in 1860. He describes in detail the frontier town of Denver and expresses distaste with some of its aspects. His narrative is considered to be one of the few authentic and truthful accounts of life and travel in Colorado of the day. The plates offer many fine illustrations of Denver and other western towns. This book is generally regarded by historians and Western Americana collectors as the best contemporary account of the Colorado Gold Rush of 1859-1861. First published in 1861, it has become one of the rarest items of Western Americana. Howes C430 says, "About the best contemporary account of this gold rush." Very good, solid copy.
Inventory Number: 45661