California Herald issue 2, January 1949
Important document of the California Gold Rush
The California Herald
James Gordon Bennett; The New York Herald
New York, January 8, 1849
Woodcut map and letterpress
Seemingly extremely rare, this is the second issue of The California Herald, a special edition newspaper published by James Gordon Bennett (1795–1872). Bennett, the founder, editor, and publisher of The New York Herald and a major figure in the history of American newspapers, created this edition as a guide to gold seekers. In doing so, we was capitalizing on audiences eager for news about the exciting new developments across the continent.
The woodcut map is based on a well-known map by Frederick William Beechey, although this one extends farther to the east to reveal Suisun Bay. A note beneath the map reads: "We are indebted to Captain Joseph Paddock, Jr, formerly of the Ship Hope, of New Bedford, but now residing in Newport, Rhode Island, for the map from which the above was engraved."
The verso includes text related to the Gold Rush, including a call for a stronger federal presence in California, notes from the gold fields, a poem, and travel routes to California both overland and through the Isthmus of Panama.
Various condition issues.
For Issue 1 (December 26, 1848): Rumsey 12218.000