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Gerstaecker, F.

Narrative of a Journey Round the World, Comprising a Winter-Passage Across the Andes to Chili, with a Visit to the Gold Regions of California and Australia, the South Sea Islands, Java, &c. In Three Volumes. Vol. I., Vol. III. [lacks v.II]

Hurst and Blackett, Publishers, Successors to Henry Colburn, London. 1853, viii, 360, 16[publisher's ads], iv, 351p., hardbound first editions of the translation into English; 8x5 inch textured cloth boards pressed in blind with spine lettering gilt (which remains legible). Volume the first is quite shaken, with started signatures, cracked hinges, splits developing along the joints; pastedown bears an old bookseller's fiche, an engraved armorial bookplate with owner's signature opposite on the ffep in old sepia nib, and four dots of glue residue where a larger bookplate covered the smaller engraved one; sound enough to be easily handled and read. Volume the third has a cracked back hinge, several creased leaves within (pp.175-78), and similar dots of adhesive: a much less worn copy. The two items sold together as a broken set. Volume I covers travels through Brazil, Argentina and Chile, and the following chapters on California: San Francisco, A Trip to the Gold mines in the Rainy Season; Sacramento City; Mission Dolores ["situated very prettily on the head of a little bay" but is now "an old crazy adobe building" camped in by Native Americans and squalid]; The Mines; The Indians. The missing vol.II has a bit more on California. Volume III has some on Australia and a lot on Java.

Cat.No: 191088

Price: $75.00

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