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Auction 125, Lot 939

"San Francisco Vigilance Committee of '56, with Some Interesting Sketches of Events Succeeding 1846",

Subject: History - San Francisco, Gold Rush

Period: 1883 (published)


Color: Black & White

6 x 9 inches
15.2 x 22.9 cm
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Compiled and edited by Frank Meriweather Smith from contemporary newspaper accounts, this book provides a concise history of the rise of vigilantes in San Francisco during the Gold Rush period. Prior to the establishment of an efficient constabulary, the city was plagued by a variety of social evils. Law-abiding citizens took it into their own hands to quell riots, robbers and fires and organized a Vigilance Committee in 1851. First edition published by Barry, Bairds & Co. 8vo., 83 pp. Hardbound incorporating the original soft cover.


Condition: B+

Covers lightly worn and stained, text slightly toned.

Estimate: $100 - $150

Sold for: $75

Closed on 9/24/2008