Sutro's Rational System of Mining, Presentation Copy, 1868

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Sutro's Rational System of Mining, Presentation Copy, 1868
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This book is one of the most important highlights of the Gold Rush sale. It is J. D. Whitney's copy of Sutro's The Mineral Resources of the United States and the Importance and Necessity of Inaugurating a Rational System of Mining, with special reference to the Comstock Lode and the Sutro Tunnel in Nevada. Published by John Murphy & Co., Baltimore, 1868. 232pp plus maps and folding items. This is the volume that has the map of the Sutro Tunnel and the Comstock Lode, where a number of these maps were released by the printer with Sutro's name misspelled "Sultro". The correct version of this map is in the back, along with a classic longitudinal section. 9.5 x 12", hardbound in purple cloth with gilt lettering. Not only was this Whitney's personal copy with his personal gift bookplate made by and for the Whitney Library at Harvard, but the copy is inscribed to none other than Melville Atwood "with compliments and grateful remembrances of his friend Charles D. Poston, San Francisco, August, 1868".

Atwood was one of the first to assay the rich Comstock ores in his Grass Valley assay lab. He was so taken with the results, that he immediately joined the mad rush over the Sierra to the new mining camp of Virginia City. Poston was an incredibly important figure in western history. He made it to the California gold rush in 1851, later meeting the man who had arranged the Gadsen Purchase, and went east to the new lands of Arizona, where he met mining engineer Ehrenberg, Hentzelman and others. Poston and Heintzelman formed the Sonora Exploring and Mining Co. in 1856 and began mining at the Heintzelman Mine during a very stormy period of Indian upheavals. Poston was the first official from the new land of Arizona appointed to Congress and was a leader in the movement to have Arizona become a territory and state, hence his nickname "Father of Arizona."

Binding edge with some damage to top and bottom. Date: Location: Virginia City, Nevada HWAC# 59378