San Francisco: A. L. Bancroft & Co., Printers, 1878. First Edition. 8vo. 378;  pp. Lithograph frontispiece portrait of author, numerous in-text illustrations . Brown cloth with gilt decoration & lettering. Minor wear to extremities; slight rubbing to gilt on spine; else a near fine copy. Item #22033
"Captain Wakeman arrived in San Francisco on July 11, 1850, joined the Vigilance Committee and served as sheriff at the hanging of Jenkins and Stewart. The captain boasted that he had a large fleet of boats on San Francisco Bay and carried the title of "Emperor of the Port." He also recalled that he ran the steamship New World up to Sacramento for nearly a year. On February 25, 1851, he started a tour of the mines via Stockton and "saw gold-washing in all its phases." Wakeman described life in Stockton and such camps as Murphys, Sullivan's Flat, and Coyote Diggings. Additionally, he recounted his hunting adventures and encounters with Indians. On March 4, 1851, he headed back to San Francisco and resumed his worldwide travels." - Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 657. (Cowan II, p. 667; Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 3248; Howes W23).