Apr 07, 2022 - Sale 2600

Sale 2600 - Lot 39

Price Realized: $ 6,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
(CALIFORNIA.) A Narrative of the Adventures and Sufferings of Captain Daniel D. Heustis . . . with Travels in California. Frontispiece plate. 168 pages. 12mo, disbound, with publisher's front wrapper illustrated with a portrait of Heustis, detached later library boards present; minimal wear to contents; embossed New England Historic Genealogical Society stamp on wrapper, with their bookplate and withdrawal stamp on the detached front board. Boston, 1847

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First edition. Heustis was raised in New England and went to Lower Canada as a young merchant. There he was caught up in the rebellion of 1837, and was sent as a prisoner to Australia in 1840. After obtaining his pardon, he secured passage on a whaling ship in 1845 (pages 131-140). His description of life as an American in California just before the Mexican War and the Gold Rush fills pages 141 to 149, including encounters with Thomas O. Larkin and John Sutter. Cowan 1933, page 277; Ferguson, Australia IV:4536 ("one of the rarest of the Canadian Rebellion prisoner narratives"); Graff 1874; Howes H449 ("aa"); Streeter sale IV:2518; TPL 2718.