DEATH VALLEY IN '49. IMPORTANT CHAPTER OF CALIFORNIA PIONEER HISTORY. THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A PIONEER, DETAILING HIS LIFE FROM A HUMBLE HOME IN THE GREEN MOUNTAINS TO THE GOLD MINES OF CALIFORNIA; AND PARTICULARLY RECITING THE SUFFERINGS OF THE BAND OF MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN WHO GAVE "DEATH VALLEY" ITS NAME. San Jose, Cal. The Pacific Tree and Vine Co., 1894. 19.5x13.2 (octavo), pp. [1-11] 12-498, flyleaves at front and rear, four inserted plates (including frontispiece portrait of Manly), original decorated mustard cloth, front panel stamped in black, spine panel stamped in gold, rear panel stamped in blind, floral patterned endpapers. First edition. "No other book that has ever been written about Death Valley can ever remotely approach the Manly in historic importance ... Manly's book unfolds the basic and authentic account of the Death Valley episode; its author is one of the acknowledged heroes of this vital chapter in our frontier movement. ... Not only is Manly historically sound, but the tenor of the narrative guarantees a quickening of the reader's interest with each successive page." - E. I. Edwards, The Enduring Desert, p. 163. "In spite of its blemishes, this first edition remains the most desirable of all those issued." - Powell, California Classics 3. Cowan (1933), p. 412. Howes M255. Zamorano Eighty 51. A bright, clean, nearly fine copy. With TLs tipped to front endpaper from a bookseller, dated 1929, stating that this and several other copies had been acquired from the publisher's family, this accounting for the superb condition. (#165963).
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