Lot 81: Gold fields of Australia & California with maps 1853

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Lot 81: Author: Wyld, James Title: Gold Fields of Australia. Notes on the Distribution of Gold throughout the World, including Australia, California, and Russia. With Five Maps... Place Published: London Publisher: James Wyld Date Published: 1853 Description: 83 + [5] ad pp. With 5 folding lithographed maps, the areas with gold hand-tinted. (8vo) 21.7x14 cm. (8?x5?"), original printed wrappers, formerly bound into a larger volume. Third Edition. Scarce work concentrating on the gold to be found Down Under, but with details and a map of the California gold fields. The five maps are: 1. The World, showing the Gold Districts. 2. The Gold Districts of Australia. 3. The Gold District from Bathurst to Sidney. 4. The Gold District of Victoria. 5. The Gold Districts of California. This latter map measures 28x22 cm, the gold regions brightly tinted yellow. It is similar to Wyld's separately published "Map of the Gold Regions of California," 1851, but covers less of the west as a whole. Spine worn, front wrapper nearly detached, with ink number at top; 3 of the maps with the tinting so faded as to be nearly invisible; otherwise very good. Provenance: Randall, 5/79. PBA Galleries' Rare Cartography, Exploration & Voyages Thursday, 3rd December 2015 Estimate: $1000-1500
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