Jun 21, 2016 - Sale 2420

Sale 2420 - Lot 74

Price Realized: $ 8,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,500
(CALIFORNIA.) Amelia Sherwood; or, Bloody Scenes at the California Gold Mines. 32 pages including 2 pages of engravings and an illustrated title page. 8vo, original plain wrappers, worn; square inch of vermin damage in upper margin, minor dampstaining and wear; uncut. (MRS) New York: C. W. & G. E. Kenworthy, 1849

Additional Details

first edition of one of the first works of Gold Rush fiction. Amelia is abducted from home, her ship is captured by pirates en route to California, she encounters her long-lost lover in the gold fields, and helps save survivors of the Donner Party. Sometimes attributed to the Rev. Walter Graham. Cowan 1933, page 14 (second edition only); Wright, American Fiction 23 (listing only 2 known copies); none in OCLC and none found at auction.