London: G. Routledge & Co., 1858. First Edition. Hardcover. A complete, and uncommonly nice copy of this historic early handbook touting the prospects and Gold Mining Camps of 19th c. British Columbia. The frontis fold-out map provides some valuable insights into the often vague geographic details then available to the gold-seeking argonauts of the 1850's. Two examples are the misplacement of the Kootenay River (farther to the east and south) and the Arrow Lakes being shown as having three separate lakes, instead of the actual two (the Upper and Lower Arrow Lakes). There are many confirmed, and soon to be famous gold strikes shown along the Fraser and Thompson Rivers, which are located on the map as "GOLD FOUND". The Kootenay area is also shown as having "GOLD FOUND" - along with it's portrayal of a vastly foreshortened, Kootenay Lake. Publisher's original chromolithograph pictorial paper graphics over stiff card covers, 16mo (6-3/8 inches tall), pp. viii, 247, , appendicies (1. Vocabulary of the Chinook Jargon & 2. An Act to Provide for the Government of British Columbia [24 August, 1858.] ), complete with half-title, fold-out map and all six pages of publisher's ads on front and rear endpapers and paste-downs. Volume covers with modest wear and tear, text is fine, half-title with a tidy, six line period biography of Mr. Hazlitt, written in cursive pencil and showing "(1834 - )" [i.e. Hazlitt was still alive when the bio. was written - he died in 1914], period bookseller's tag at top corner of front pastedown, map with a tiny 1/4 inch stub tear reinforced verso - with no effect on map. Very Good Plus. Item #3834
A high grade touchstone of one of the first published guides available to prospectors seeking information on the recent Gold Rush into British Columbia's Fraser River placer mines. The publishing of Hazlitt's handbook helped lead the charge into the BC interior and, considering it's intended "pocket book" use, explains why vitrtually all copies found in the wild today are either rebound, incomplete or damaged by heavy use. "Guides for immigrants or gold seekers seldom exceeded 40 or 50 pages of rather standard information. Though short of perfect, this is far superior. Offers much on mining sites, routes, Indians and settlements, with a three page chinook vocabulary." Whale 571; Lowther, 73; Smith, 4272.
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