A Journey to California in 1849

SMITH, W. C.
N.p.: , n.d.
One of 100 copies.
Octavo, original blue wrappers lettered in darker blue. Spine and top edges a tad browned, else fine.

"Smith's widow stated that 100 copies were printed for private distribution and also gave Napa City, California, 1925, as the imprint. This work reads like a story as it is written in a very literary style. Professor Robert Glass Cleland in his A History of California, the American Period reproduces the part pertaining to Baja California n an Appendix. This small gem gives some fascinating glimpses of Baja California, the natives, and the flora and fauna." - Hill.

Smith left New York for San Francisco on January 15, 1849 on a journey that was to take seven months. "He left with a party of twenty one from Vera Cruz and marched overland from there. He and and four companions reached San Diego safely in July 1849. He went north to the mines and seems to have been somewhat instrumental in naming Marysville" -Cowan. [Cowan IV, p. 893. Hill II, Pacific Voyages, p. 575].

Price: $400.00
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