New York: Published by A. S. Barnes & Co. 1856. Hardcover. 456p., inserted steel-engraved tissue-guarded portraits (frontis of Sutter), later printing of the 1850 original; hardbound 7.6x5.1 inch ribbed brown cloth boards panelled, titled and decorated in blind and gilt. A fair copy, with these faults: very edgeworn with much card showing. Rear joint is split two inches, top and tail of spine panel are tattered and publisher's slug illegible, title and author dim. General external rubbing. Although hinges remain reasonably sound, cords show in every gutter, signatures slightly started at deepest cracks, expect pervasive foxing and small stains, and an irritating mix of acidic and alkaline paperstock employed by printer. Reading copy.