New York: A. S. Barnes & Co., 1850. First Edition. Mixed issue. With the printed endpapers and three lithographs by Sarony, as called for in the first issue, but with the fourth lithograph by Sarony & Major and with the map called for in the second issue. Octavo (19.5cm). Brown cloth, with gilt stamp of a ship on front board, titled in gilt on spine; endpapers with printed publisher's advertisements; 408pp; 2pp of blurbs for this book at front, ad for Three Years in Alta California opposite contents, and ads on e.p.s; with frontispiece portrait, map, and four color lithographs.
A travel narrative with color views of Rio de Janeiro, Valparaiso, Lima, and San Francisco in 1846. Colton was the first alcalde of Monterey and founded the Californian, the first California newspaper. This work predates (and includes an ad for) his more famous book, Three Years in California, an important source on the state immediately before the Gold Rush. HOWES C 624. COWAN p.137. SABIN 14799.