Boston. 1852. 138pp. Original printed wrappers. Small stain in lower right corner of first half of text leaves, else a fine, bright copy. In a half morocco box. Item #WRCAM19691E
Asa Clarke left New York as a member of the Hampden Mining Company in late January 1849. He travelled to the mines of California from Camargo, Mexico, through Chihuahua and Sonora to the Gila River in Arizona (then the U.S.-Mexican boundary), arriving in Los Angeles on July 9. Clarke's narrative provides the first printed description of that route. He spent that winter at Marysville and Sacramento, and along the Yuba River. Streeter characterizes this narrative as "one of the most interesting [overlands]....This route had not previously been described." HOWES C451, "b." SABIN 13393. MINTZ 534. COWAN, p.128. GRAFF 746. STREETER SALE 3169. WAGNER-CAMP 210. KURUTZ 138. WHEAT GOLD RUSH 41. HILL 302. JONES 1275. REESE, BEST OF THE WEST 123.