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  • A Gil Blas in California.


  • Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) was one of France's most acclaimed novelists of the nineteenth century. A Gil Blas in California (1933) is an English translation of a work first published in Brussels in 1852, with Dumas presenting it as his rendering of a young Frenchman's firsthand account of his adventures in the California Gold Rush. Many critics doubt its claims as a work of non-fiction. The tale covers a voyage round the Horn from Le Havre, life at French Camp, San Francisco fires, California farming and wildlife, hunting trips near Sonoma and in the Mariposa Valley, and a visit to San José.


  • Dumas, Alexandre, 1802-1870.
  • Wilbur, Marguerite Eyer, 1889-

Created / Published

  • Los Angeles, The Primavera press, 1933.


  • -  California--Description and travel
  • -  California--Gold discoveries
  • -  Ethnic groups--California
  • -  Law--Political aspects--California
  • -  Agriculture--California


  • -  "A limited edition of 500 copies".
  • -  Head-pieces.
  • -  "Translated by Marguerite Eyer Wilbur, foreword by Phil Townsend Hanna, wood engravings by Paul Landacre."
  • -  Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.


  • 2 p.l., vii-x p., 3 l., xiii-xxx p., 1 l., 170 p. fold. map. 24 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • F865 .D882
  • F865. D882 Copy 3 Copy 3.

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 34004055

Rights Advisory

  • No known restrictions on publication. No copyright renewal found.

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"California as I Saw It:" First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years, 1849-1900.

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Chicago citation style:

Dumas, Alexandre, and Marguerite Eyer Wilbur. A Gil Blas in California. Los Angeles, The Primavera press, 1933. Pdf.

APA citation style:

Dumas, A. & Wilbur, M. E. (1933) A Gil Blas in California. Los Angeles, The Primavera press. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Dumas, Alexandre, and Marguerite Eyer Wilbur. A Gil Blas in California. Los Angeles, The Primavera press, 1933. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.