CROSSING THE PLAINS IN '49.

Oakland, Ca. 1903. 176pp., plus eleven plates of portraits, including frontispiece, and with several in-text illustrations. Original green publisher's cloth, boards stamped in blind, spine gilt. Boards somewhat rubbed, extremities lightly worn, text block slightly cocked. Minor soiling isolated to initial leaves, slightly tanned. About very good. Item #WRCAM51879

"The author struck out for California on March 16, 1849, from McConnellsville, Ohio, but fell ill and recuperated in Iowa for several months. He left Bellefontaine, Iowa, and, via the California Trail, arrived at Hangtown on September 16, 1850. He spent the next four years toiling in the mines mostly on the north fork of Weber Creek, El Dorado County. He then settled in Pleasant Valley. This slender volume consists of a mixture of his overland journal passages, reminiscences, and tales contributed by fellow pioneers" - Kurutz. The plates show portraits of various pioneers, including two women. HOWES T160, "aa." GRAFF 4124. COWAN II, p.634. WHEAT 206. KURUTZ 627.

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