LOS GRINGOS; An Inside View of Mexico and California: with Wanderings in Peru, Chili, and Polynesia.

(New York and London: George P. Putnam, 1850).

ELUSIVE FIRST EDITION OF THIS VERY INTERESTING WORK ON THE PEOPLE OF MEXICO AND CALIFORNIA. The sketches embodied in the narrative were all written where they occurred, the characters real, though the names are frequently "nommes du mer".
The book is, in the words of the author "a pleasant narrative" which should please a wide variety of readers. The author begins his journey from Boston to Rio de Janeiro and on to the Horn and Tierra del Fuego before carrying on to California and Mexico and then, on to the Pacific islands. The author offers his very good perspective on the matters and goings-on typical to the many towns and villages and cities explored during the journey. The book is both concentrated and descriptive with much information imbedded in the many chapters. The author was in California during a momentous time and traveled during the years from 1846 spending a good deal of time in Monterey and San Francisco. Item #30949

Rare First English Edition, with the London imprint, published by Putnam and without reference to a second edition. Complete with the half-title. 8vo, bound in three-quarter red polished calf over marbled paper covered boards, the spine with raised bands gilt decorated and double gilt ruled, the compartments with full gilt panel designs incorporating elaborate border and central floral tooling gilt, two compartments with dark green morocco lettering labels gilt, marbled end-leaves and edges to match. xvi, 453 pp. A handsome copy well preserved, the text block clean and in very good order, the binding tight and strong. Some mellowing down to the red of the calf at the spine panel. The foxing typical to the title is barely present and is mainly confined to the prelims of the book.

Price: $450.00