New York: Press of the Pioneers, 1934. First edition. 8vo, original red cloth, gilt; jacket. Frontispiece portrait; (iii)–xi, (1), 423, (5) pages; 13 additional plates. Inscribed and signed by the author (see comments). Very good or better in a very good, price-clipped jacket. Item #6314
A popular biography of the famous settler John Augustus Sutter (1803–1880), the German-Swiss colonizer who landed in California in 1839 and began to plan a fortified settlement in the area of what is now Sacramento. Gold was discovered in January 1848 at Sutter’s Mill by his employee James W. Marshall, forever tying Sutter’s name to the Gold Rush that quickly ensued. The inscription from the author reads: “Dear Ethel: Here’s a First Edition on Sutter—hope you can find a spot for it on your book-shelves... Cordially yours (signed) Julian Dana.” Scarce in the original jacket.