[Nevada City, California]: 1881. Leather bound. Folio size, 626 pp., with accompanying "History of Nevada County" Very good. Item #23022001
While the California Gold Rush may have begun in 1849, mining activities continued for many decades and this bank ledger offers a glimpse into the individuals and businesses that were still in operation in the Nevada City area for the years 1881-1883.
The Citizen's Bank of Nevada City received its state charter in 1876 and was still in operation as of 1910 (information from "Banking in California", by Benjamin Wright). Its founders were Dr. R. M. Hunt, J. T. Morgan, George Hughes, L. Housman, T.W. Sigourney, Niles Searls and E.M. Preston.
Perhaps the most notable individual was Niles Searls as he served as judge for the region from 1855-1862 and very briefly served in the state senate; entries for his dealings with the bank are frequent in the ledger (information from "The History of Nevada County, Thompson and West 1880").
The ledger is interesting in that it contains multiple entries for the continuing operations of several mining companies, notably The Blue Tent Mining Company and The Nevada City Mining Company, also fascinating are the numerous entries for receipt of and withdrawls of gold dust and the shipment of gold bars. An image of the bank building may be found on the page facing page 32 in "The History of Nevada County", a copy of which is being included in this offering (the reproduction of the original, published by Howell-North Books in 1970).
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in part brown leather and part brown suede in a geometric pattern over boards, three raised leather bands to spine, two compartments with black leather labels, one reads "Cash Book", the second reads "Citizens Bank", marbled endpapers, hinges reinforced, "Nevada City and "Aug. 1, 81" on page 1; folio size (18" by 12"), pagination: 1-626.
___CONDITON: Overall very good, the hinges and textblock are sound, with vintage manufacturers sticker ("H.S. Crocker & Co.") to front pastedown; three letters in black marker to front board measuring 3", black marker to top edge, corners bumped and rubbed to boards.
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