Rambles overland. A trip across the continent. By Almon Gunnison. ALMON GUNNISON.

Rambles overland. A trip across the continent. By Almon Gunnison. Boston: Universalist Publishing House, 1884 [i.e. 1883]. 17.2x12 cm, pp. [1-7] 8 [9-11] 12-245 [246-248: blank], original pictorial green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black and gold, gray endpapers, First edition. Gunnison's week-long trip to Yosemite Valley, by rail to Madrea, then by stage to the valley by way of Clark's with a side trip to the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees, is described on pages [127]-156. Seeking solitude and shunning the guided tours, Gunnison mostly wandered alone on the valley floor, although he did do the obligatory excursion to Vernal and Nevada Falls on the back of a trusty, long-suffering mule, sandwiched between two female chatterboxes. His party left the valley for Wawona by way of Glacier Point. His account is given in a sprightly, lively tone with as much emphasis on brief character sketches of his traveling companions and those engaged in the Yosemite tourist industry as describing the natural scene. Cowan (1933), p. 254. Provenance: signature of Charles A. Hewins dated Christmas 1883 on the front free endpaper and his bookplate affixed to the front paste-down. Light wear to upper spine end, a very good copy. (#166364).

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