London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1855. First edition. Original publisher's cloth binding with gilt to spine and boards embossed in blind. Green coated endpapers. Cloth a bit faded and spine sunned. A Very Good+ copy that has been rebacked, preserving the original end-papers (although inner hinges show work). Contemporary ownership signature of Mrs. E. Aldersley to front endpaper. Small bookseller's ticket to rear pastedown. Internally a bit toned with occasional marginal soiling. Complete, including all 7 engraved plates and the publisher's catalogue to the rear.
"Mountains and Molehills is a sportsman-tourist's chronicle of California in the early 1850's: hunting, horse races, bear and bull fights. It also includes an Englishman's bemused comments on social life in San Francisco, Stockton, and the gold fields" (LOC). Number 52 on the Zamorano 80 list, it documents a time in California history long gone.
Zamorano 80, #52. (Item #4095)