First edition, second binding (ads increased from 32 to 46 pages). 136 pp, 46 pp. ads.
Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo, 1854. Illustrated with 13 lithograph views, frontispiece tinted.
Octavo, original brown cloth, ruled in blind, lettered in gilt. Spine a little darkened, edges, preliminary and terminal leaves a little foxed, else fine. Lacking the map which was only issued in a few copies.
E. F. Beale, the new Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the state of California, was sent west from Missouri in 1853 "to examine the Territories of New Mexico and Utah where their borders and those of California lie contiguous, and to ascertain whether lands existed there to which California Indians might be removed." Beale journeyed overland through northern Arizona, Utah and Nevada and arrived in Los Angeles in August of 1853; in this journal Beale's cousin Gwinn Heap gives detailed observations of the country traversed, much of which had never been previously described. This book provides one of the earliest detailed examinations of the "Central Route" from Missouri to the Pacific, and is a basic piece of Western Americana. [Cowan I p. 107; II p. 273. Graff 1837. Howes H378. Wagner-Camp-Becker 235].