Manchester, NH: Standard Book Compan, 1917. First Edition. Original cloth. 8vo. 240 pp. 16 plates, including frontispiece portrait of the author. With an Introduction and Biographical Sketch by George Waldo Browne. Publisher's tan cloth stamped in black & gilt; illustrated paper label affixed to front cover; in uncommon publisher's cream pictorial dustjacket. A fine copy with a hint of wear to the dustjacket. Item #18857
Webster was a member of the Granite State and California Mining & Trading Comany. He maintained a diary to record his overland journey from Boston in 1849 via the California Trail. The second half of his book details his life in the m ines from October 1849 to June 1851. This summary provides a good description of mining conditions in general and his own gold seeking near Bidwell's Bar and the Yuba and Feather rivers. Webster wrote the final portion in 1894, telling of the illusion of Gold Lake, mining on the Yuba, and his adventures in Oregon as a surveyor. - Kurutz 667. (Cowan pg. 673; Mattes #669; Wheat Books of the Gold Rush #222).