OREGON AND CALIFORNIA IN 1848: BY J. QUINN THORNTON, LATE JUDGE OF THE SUPREME COURT OF OREGON, AND CORRESPONDING MEMBER OF THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE. WITH AN APPENDIX, INCLUDING RECENT AND AUTHENTIC INFORMATION ON THE SUBJECT OF THE GOLD MINES OF CALIFORNIA, AND OTHER VALUABLE MATTER OF INTEREST TO THE EMIGRANT, ETC. WITH ILLUSTRATIONS AND A MAP. IN TWO VOLUMES. New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 82 Cliff Street, 1849. 19.8x12.5 cm (12mo), two volumes: pp. [i-iii] iv [v] 6 [vii] viii-ix [x]  14-393 [394: blank]; [i-iii] viii-ix [x-xii]  14-379 [380: blank] [preliminary leaves erratically paged] + 12 pages of publisher's ads, 12 inserted plates, folded map, original decorated black cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panels stamped in gold and blind, yellow coated endpapers. First edition. "The first volume features Thornton's overland trek and a description of Oregon. The second volume includes the earliest published account of the Donner Party. The appendix is devoted to 'The Gold Regions of California.' As Thornton wrote: 'While the first portion of this work was passing through the press the world was astounded by a rapid succession of the most wonderful narratives of the discovery of boundless treasures.' Because of this, the appendix consists mainly of early accounts of the Gold Rush from other well-known observers such as Thomas O. Larkin and R. B. Mason. Thornton includes letters from A. Ten Eyck from San Francisco dated September 1, 1848; Walter Colton, August 29, 1848, and a description with letters from THE CALIFORNIAN of San Francisco dated August 14, 1848. He also gives 'Practical Directions to Persons about to cross the Isthmus of Panama.'" (Kurutz). The long account of the Donner tragedy "is perhaps the most valuable in print" (Cowan). "Thornton was one of the real pioneers of Oregon and California, arriving in Oregon in 1846. He has always been considered a good authority and this work is among the best of the times ... The map accompanying Thornton's work is the famous Colton map of the Western United States, including Oregon, California and Texas" (Zamorano Eighty). Cowan (1933), p. 638. Graff 4143. Howes T224. Kurutz 632a. Sabin 95630. Streeter 3155. Wheat, Gold Rush 208. Wheat, Maps of the California Gold Region 73. Wagner, Camp and Becker (1982) 174:1. Zamorano Eighty 74. Mild wear to cloth at spine ends and corner tips, a bit of scattered foxing. Provenance: the fine Estelle Doheny copy with her small circular leather bookplates affixed to the verso of each front free endpaper. (#166989).
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