London: Punch Office, 1849. Hardcover. Complete volume for the entire year 1849, containing woodblock engraved cartoons, in text illustrations, articles, correspondents' reports, and satirical pieces, with much material on the California gold rush and forty-niners.
The California Gold Rush content includes: "Gold Dust Oh! Dust!" (p34); "The Californian Movement" p 52; "The Gold Seeker's Manual" (p64); "Californian Slavery" (p 71); "The Californian Balloon Railway" (p76); "The Californian Outfit" (with cartoon showing a heavily armed Forty Niner carrying a rifle, revolvers, bowie knife, a dagger and a sword, p137); and "The Californian Fever" (p173).
4to, 266 pp; 251 pp. Red gilt cloth, very early rebind with the original gilt logo tipped on front; rubbed at corners and on spine. Text and plates bright and clean. Very good overall. Item #25675