Oakland, California: William H. Briggs, 1881. First Edition. Wright 668. Owner’s inscription; very good. Based on the abduction of little Charlie Ross of Philadelphia, apparently America’s first case of kidnapping for ransom. One of several proclaimed cases of the century, the boy was never found but the public reported sightings over the next several decades. In this novel, the lost boy Charlie Ross, whose fate is unknown but presumed to be tragic, finds himself succeeding in the California gold fields.