Jefferson, Ohio: Printed for the author, 1856. 302pp. plus errata. Portrait. Original patterned cloth, spine richly gilt. Slight sunning to spine, minor edge wear. Modern bookplate on rear pastedown. Light foxing and spotting, some staining to a few leaves, light tideline in upper corner of some leaves. Overall, very good. In a cloth clamshell case. Item #WRCAM38158
This copy contains the portrait, which Howes notes is not present in all copies. Udell has signed this copy below his portrait: "Your friend, John Udell." An important overland narrative. Udell, a Baptist minister, travelled via South Pass in 1850, home by Nicaragua in 1851, to California again in 1852, back by Panama in 1853, out again in 1854, and home in 1855. The book describes his overland experiences in detail, including a trip through Salt Lake City and observations of Mormonism, as well as giving details of his life in California, including mining for gold. COWAN, p.648. HOWES U3. MINTZ 473. FLAKE 9068. STREETER SALE 3180. GRAFF 4230. KURUTZ 644. SABIN 97663. WAGNER-CAMP 281. MATTES 995. NORRIS CATALOGUE 4042. WHEAT GOLD RUSH 213. HOLLIDAY SALE 1112.