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1861 Eldorado California Gold Rush Frontier Life Americana San Francisco Taylor

Bayard Taylor’s book ‘Eldorado’ is considered one of the best contemporary accounts of the California gold rush by a highly renowned traveler. Bayard Taylor had a great eye for detail, and shares some fascinating experiences in this work. His impressions of San Francisco, which basically presents a picture of a very busy unfinished frontier town, are especially interesting. He was much impressed by the high prices for just about everything, but also reports that this gave opportunities for some. Taylor spends a lot of time discussing the gold rush, and concludes that it isn’t the easiest job around. He mentions the "notorious Keysburg", who murdered his companions and made them his dinner, and running across a sick man at a stream left for dead by his friends because he was too weak to go on, sharing some insight into the simple code of frontier justice.

Item number: #6363

Price: $199

TAYLOR, Bayard

Eldorado, or, Adventures in the path of empire: comprising a voyage to California, via Panama; life in San Francisco and Monterey, pictures of the gold region, and experiences of Mexican travel.

New York, G.P. Putnam & Co., 1861.


Collation: Complete with all pages

Xiv, 444

Reference: Howes T 43; Streeter 2654.K 7, K 275.

Language: English

Binding: Leather; tight and secure

Size: ~7.5in X 5in (19cm x 13cm)

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1861 Eldorado California Gold Rush Frontier Life

Estimate $199 - $400Jun 9, 2019