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1 [Gold Rush, California, 1848; Colonel Richard B. Mason] "California Gold. Important Official Report".

In The New York Tribune for December 8, 1848, published by Horace Greeley and Thomas McElrath. Original elephant folio newspaper, 4pp., complete, the report on p.3. "Colonel Richard B. Mason's famous report of his trip to newly discovered placers. It ranks as one of the most important eyewitness accounts of the Gold Rush." (Kurutz 105). "One day Mr. Marshall, as he was walking down the race to this deposit of mud, observed some glittering particles at its upper edge...." (from the Report). This was printed just three days after the "Message from the President....to the Two Houses of Congress...., December 5, 1848". Richard Barnes Mason was Military Governor of California from 1847-1849. His letter, dated August 17, traveling by sea to Washington, did not arrive until December. By this time most people who were already in California had left their jobs for the gold fields, and rumors had reached the east coast. But this presidential announcement was confirmation that settled all doubts. Removed from a bound volume. Minimal edge chipping, else Fine. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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2 [California] American Imprints Inventory No. 31. A Checklist of California Non-Documentary Imprints, 1833-1855.

San Francisco: Work Projects Administration, 1942. First edition. Original quarter cloth, printed paper boards, 109 pp. printed on the recto, only. Bookplate of the Baker Library (Harvard Graduate School of Business) with their withdrawn stamp. Library sticker on the spine, no other library markings. Some soiling and wear, a Very Good copy. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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3 Early California Toll Road Stock. Engraved Stock Certificate, Weaverville & Shasta Wagon Road Company.

Printed in San Francisco by Kuchel & Dresel. Unused, 9 x 5 inches, engraved vignette of a six horse team pulling a covered wagon on a plank road. This toll road was completed in 1858. Paper slightly toned, else Fine. 
Price: 120.00 USD
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4 [Bishop, California, Fraternal Organization] Knights of Pythias Keepsake.

Two aluminum plates, 3 3/8 x 5 inches, embossed with a floral pattern at the corners, printed: "42nd Anniversary / Knights of Pythias / Inyo Lodge No.206 / Bishop Cal. / Feb'y 20th, 1906, with a half-tone illustration in the middle of each. These are currently tied together with old yellow ribbon threaded through holes at the top. They are oriented as though something on paper, perhaps a printed invitation to the celebration (no longer present), was bound between them. The front plate with a lovely vignette halftone illustration of a Sierra peak, with a lake in the foreground. The rear plate has a halftone Knights of Pythias symbol. A few scratches, a little rubbing, in nice condition. 
Price: 67.50 USD
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5 [Early California, Yuba County] Yuba County Bond, 1852.

"Funded Debt of Yuba County", engraved bond, 11 x 14 inches, for $500 plus 7 % interest, seven year term, issued to Arthur S. Barber, dated July 1, 1852, complete with 10 of 15 payment coupons. Filled out and signed by county officials; the buyer's name is variously spelled Barber or Barbour. Barber and his wife are credited with producing the first white child born in Marysville. They moved to Alameda County in 1854 where Barber became postmaster. Their son James became Tax Collector there. In Fine condition. 
Price: 180.00 USD
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