A familiar letter from a daughter to her mother, describing a few days spent at the Big Trees and the Yo-Semite. Chicago: Horton & Leonard, Printers, 108 & 110 Randolph Street, 1871. 23 cm, pp. [1-3] 4-21 [22- 24: blank save for printed borders], 1 inserted folded plate, 2 illustrations, original pictorial pink wrappers printed in black, sewn. First edition. The letter, dated "San Francisco, August, 1871," provided a chatty account of a ten-day trip to the Calaveras Grove and Yosemite Valley. The author's party, identified only as "Alice," "Kate," and "Peter," left San Francisco for Stockton via steamer on July 25. From Stockton they traveled by stage to the Calaveras Grove, where they spent the evening of July 26 and the following day viewing the big trees. The party traveled by stage and saddle train to Yosemite Valley via the Big Oak Flat Road and the Coulterville Trail, reaching the valley in the late afternoon of July 29. On July 31 they visited Vernal and Nevada Falls and had dinner at La Casa Nevada. They left Yosemite Valley for San Francisco on August 1. The register of La Casa Nevada, now in the Yosemite Museum, shows an entry for July 30, 1871 with the signatures of the author and her party, Alice I. Van Schaack, Mrs. C. P. Van Schaack and Peter Van Schaack. Although the register entry date predates by one day the internal chronology of Alice's letter, there is no doubt as to the identity of the party. Currey and Kruska 374. Tiny chips from several corner tips, short split along top edge of spine fold, a very good copy. A major Yosemite rarity. (#166145).
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