[ORTON, A. R.] Two Eras in the Life of the Felon Grovenor I. Layton. Who was lynched by the Vigilance Committee, at Sonora, Tuolumne County, California, June 17th, 1852. New Orleans, Charleston, Baltimore, and Philadelphia: A. R. Orton, 1853.
8vo (223 x 145 mm). Steel engraved portrait, three steel engraved illustrations. (Some creasing or staining, short marginal tears to a few leaves.) Original yellow wrappers printed in red and green (creasing, some minor staining, a few tears, some repaired verso). Provenance: Michael Sharpe, California bookseller and collector (bookplate).
Second edition, preceded by an edition by the same publisher printed in 1852; the Book Club of California published an edition in 1998. In his introduction to that work, historian Kenneth Johnson notes that he could find no account of Grovenor Layton, but lauds this work as "the best-written book in terms of seeming authenticity" among Gold Rush crime fiction. RARE: According to American Book Prices Current, no copy of any edition of this work has sold at auction in the last 40 years. Howes L-159; Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 641b; not in Eberstadt, Graff, or Streeter.
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