New York, NY: Harper & Brothers, 1849. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo (8vo). Very good- condition. Item #019165
Two volume set, complete with 12 plates and a large folding map. Original hardcover cloth bindings are heavily worn, with chipping, rubbing and shelfwear, and minor tape repairs to the bottom of the spine of the first volume, which also has a damp stain to the lower corner, not affecting the map but affecting the entirety of the text. The bindings are serviceable and intact but are very worn; protected in custom-fitted archival mylar. The folding map contains outlines in original hand-color, with an archival repair to a tear and is slightly creased and misfolded. Vol. I: 393 pages. Vol. II: 379 pages followed by 16 pages of publisher's advertisement. Vol. I with previous owner's name: Mr. Wm Hamilton. Vol. II with a section of the front endpaper neatly removed, and the previous owner's name: George Winslow New York October 7th 1849. The text is affected lightly to moderately by scattered foxing. Howes T224. Sabin 95630. Wheat, Trans-West 3, p.75. Wheat Gold Rush 208. Zamorano 80: 74. One of the earliest books to report the gold finds in California and give advice to emigrants traveling to the gold fields. Contains the first printed account of the sufferings of the Donner Party. The map is by Colton and is titled "Map of California, Oregon, Texas...," Wheat 593. First edition.