[CALIFORNIA] - [LANG, Herbert O., compiler]
A History of Tuolumne County, California. Compiled from the Most Authentic Records
San Francisco: B. F. Alley, 1882. xi, 509, 48pp., plus woodcut frontispiece and eleven other woodcut portraits.
Later half calf and contemporary sheep, gilt morocco spine label, edges sprinkled brown. Ownership inscription on front endpaper recto, scattered manuscript notations in pencil (several on portraits). Final contents page tipped in.
A rare history of Tuolumne County, California, covering a variety of topics.
It recounts the foundation of its towns by miners arriving from the East in the summer of 1848 at the beginning of the California Gold Rush, and contains a chronology of important events and a section of biographies for significant county figures. The volume also provides lurid accounts of various crimes committed, including lynchings, robberies, and murders, as well as of natural disasters and mining accidents. A significant portion of the book is dedicated to the county's mining history and its geology, as well as its the promotion of its agricultural resources. Includes a portrait and brief biography of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), who spent time around the mines in California as a reporter during the Civil War, and apparently stayed in Tuolumne County during the winter of 1864-65, where he wrote "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." "One of the rarest of all California histories.... with only a few copies in existence" - Norris.
Adams Six-Guns 2248; California Local History 15345; Cowan II, p. 646; Howes l71, "b"; Norris Catalogue 3968.