21 June 2005
WESTWARD EXPANSION AFTER 1848
BRYANT, Edwin (1805-1869). What I Saw in California: Being a Journal of a Tour, by the Emigrant Route and South Pass of the Rocky Mountains, Across the Continent of North America, the Great Desert Basin, and through California, in the Years 1846, 1847. New York: D. Appleton; Philadelphia: Geo. S. Appleton, 1849.
12o (185 x 115 mm). Frontispiece map of the Sierra Nevada/San Francisco region. (Small stain in upper margin of a few leaves.) Publisher's plum blind-stamped cloth, gilt-lettered on spine (some darkening to spine and at edges, front free endpaper removed).
FIRST EDITION OF "ONE OF THE CLASSICS OF CALIFORNIA" and "one of the most detailed and reliable of all the overland journals" (Camp). Bryant describes, among other things, the life and times of American California before the discovery of gold. Cowan p. 81; Graff 457; Howes B-903; Sabin 8804; Streeter V:3147; Wagner-Camp-Becker 146:1; Wheat Maps of the California Gold Region 26.
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This is the fourth edition. The frontispiece map is not recorded by Wagner-Camp-Becker 146:7.
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