Publication: University of Nebraska Press, 1999, Lincoln & London
First edition. 8vo. Cloth, titles stamped in gilt on the spine, xxiii , 241 pp., preface, acknowledgments, introduction, street map of San Francisco in 1850, epilogue, notes, bibliography, index. Letters and diaries of ordinary men and women in San Francisco, California during its Gold Rush heyday. "these accounts render a rich mosaic of San Francisco's metamorphosis from a small Mexican outpost into a rough-and-tumble boomtown filled with gamblers and prostitutes, evangelists and entrepreneurs--men, women, and children from all parts of the world, arriving in California with the dream of striking it rich. The correspondents come from a variety of economic and social backgrounds. Some are barely literate, while others write as well as the finest authors of nineteenth-century travel literature. Their writings address a broad range of concerns, from business prospects and consumer prices to social mores and popular amusements." As new, unread copy in dust jacket.
Inventory Number: 48816