The favourable reception accorded to the author's previous work on the Precious Metals, the entire edition having- long since been disposed of, has induced him to resume the subject, although upon a somewhat different plan. In some portions of the former work the search for the precious metals was treated by countries, whilst in others it was treated with reference to the physical devastation which it had entailed, as well as the gambling, insanity and crime which had everywhere marked its course. In the present work these subjects are omitted from view and the historical method is followed throughout. As since the preparation of the first edition the author has, in his capacity of Engineer, visited most of the localities described, he feels increased confidence in the accuracy of his descriptions. The dangers with which his authorities invested some of the gold regions in distant countries disappeared upon closer acquaintance with them; while the method of working the mines, described by others, proved to be faulty or inaccurate...
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