A Frenchman in the Gold Rush. The Journal of Ernest De Massey, Argonaut of 1849. Translated by Marguerite Eyer Wilbur.

By: De Massey, Ernest.

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183 pp.; 4to; blue cloth, spine and front cover stamped in gold; six illustrations including 3 plates, containing reproductions, facsimiles, 2 maps. Bookplate of The Society of California Pioneers on front pastedown.

French nobelman Ernest De Massey arrived in San Francisco in 1849 after a long voyage aboard the Ceres. Soon he opened a mercantile business in the town and spent the winter of 1850 recording what he saw before giving it up to head for the mines in April of that year, heading for the Trinity River mining region aboard the Hector. He prospected in the Big Bar region before heading for the Klamath River. Nearly dying of hunger, thirst, cold and fatigue, he returned to San Francisco in August. After trying his hand at other ventures in the region he finally found success in the newspaper business, working for the Public Balance. His memoir ends with the establishment of a store to sell foreign-language publications. [Kurutz, California Gold Rush, 185]

Title: A Frenchman in the Gold Rush. The Journal of Ernest De Massey, Argonaut of 1849. Translated by Marguerite Eyer Wilbur.

Author Name: De Massey, Ernest.

Categories: Biography & Autobiography,

Edition: 1st Edition

Publisher: San Francisco, California Historical Society: 1927

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Fine condition

lbs: 3.00 lbs

Seller ID: 5648

Keywords: History Western Americana California Gold Rush