Auction 122, Lot 903

"Frost's Pictorial History of California. History of the State of California…", Frost, John

Subject: Miscellaneous Books, California

Period: 1850 (dated)


Color: Black & White

6 x 9 inches
15.2 x 22.9 cm

This detailed book provides an early look at California's statehood. The title continues "From the period of the conquest by Spain, to her occupation by the United States of America. Containing an account of the discovery of the immense gold mines and placers, the enormous population of gold-seekers, the quantity of gold already obtained. A description of her mineral and agricultural resources, with thrilling accounts of adventures among the miners. ALso, advice to emigrants on the best routes, and the preparations necessary to get there to which is added a brief account of the formation of the government and constitution of the said state." Published in the same year that California joined the union, it describes the geography, geology, wildlife and settlement of the state. Featured are sixteen views that are printed on pink paper, and numerous woodblock prints of native wildlife including the Pronghorn Antelope, Bison, Long-Tailed Deer, and California Condor. The frontispiece shows "One of the old Spanish House, San Francisco." The views include Monterrey, "The Principal Street in San Francisco," San Jose, Sacremento City, Gold mining views and tools, and more. Much of the book is dedicated to the Gold Rush, and includes chapters that describe the major cities before and after the discovery of gold, and the routes for travelers to find these cities. Another chapter provides information on the mineralogical characteristics of gold, how to distinguish it from other minerals and how to process it when found. Complete first edition with 508 pages. 8vo. Bound in original boards with tooled brown leather coverings, and gilt title and flourishes on spine.

References: Howes #F395; Wheat (Gold) 79.

Condition: B+

Contents have occasional foxing, more so at ends. Blank front endpaper has loss at one corner, and several notations in pencil. Covers are scuffed, shelf worn and beginning to separate. Spine has some minor loss at extremities, and some minor cracking.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $140

Closed on 12/5/2007