Graphic sketches of the West by Henry Brainard Kent. HENRY BRAINARD KENT.

Graphic sketches of the West by Henry Brainard Kent. Chicago: R. R. Donnelley & Sons, Publishers, 1890. 19.8x13.5 cm (octavo), pp. [1-4] 5-7 [8] 9-13 [14] 15-254 [255-256: blank], inserted frontispiece (photographic portrait of the author), 95 illustrations in the text, many full page, plus several vignettes not included in the list of illustrations, original pictorial green cloth, front panel stamped in black and gold, spine panel stamped in gold. First edition. Travel sketches "made up of selected portions of the writer's correspondence, recently published in two leading New York newspapers, and special articles and additions written for the express purposes of the book ... [it] is not intended as a guide ... But ... it is believed that it will serve as a general guide to the country described, since it either gives detailed descriptions or makes brief mention of the principal objects of interest on the Pacific coast and the leading attractions of transcontinental routes" (preface, pp. 12-13). The author and three companions traveled from the San Joaquin Valley (probably from the Southern Pacific Station at Madera) to and from Yosemite Valley by way of Wawona in a rented rig. They spent several days in the Valley and on the return trip visited the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees. A breezy, informal account. The trip is described on pages 87-132. Some faint foxing in the text, mostly early and late, a very good, externally bright copy. (#166412).

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