WHAT I SAW IN CALIFORNIA: BEING THE JOURNAL OF A TOUR. BY THE EMIGRANT ROUTE AND SOUTH PASS OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS, ACROSS THE CONTINENT OF NORTH AMERICA, THE GREAT DESERT BASIN, AND THROUGH CALIFORNIA, IN THE YEARS 1846, 1847 ... By Edwin Bryant, Late Alcalde of St. Francisco. New York: D. Appleton & Company, 200 Broadway. Philadelphia: Geo. S. Appleton, 148 Chesnut-Street, MDCCCXLVIII . 18.5x12 cm (12mo), pp. [1-6] 7-12  14-455 [456: blank], flyleaf at front, original decorated blue cloth, front and rear panels stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in gold and blind, cream endpapers. First edition, first printing. "Bryant's book was the prime and almost the earliest authority on the California of the discovery period" (Wheat). "As Richard H. Dillon wrote in the introduction to the Osborn facsimile of the fifth edition: 'The Gold Rush made Bryant an authority and a celebrity overnight. His book, published in 1848, had no rivals.' ... Bryant's text was republished around the globe and translated into several languages" (Kurutz). "Camp called the Bryant work, 'one of the most detailed and reliable of all the overland narratives' and rated it with Clayton's and Schmölder's books as the three competent guides to be published in 1848. Moreover, Bryant's narrative is of further interest because of its description of the life and times of American California before the discovery of gold. It is one of the classics of California ..." (Wagner, Camp and Becker). Cowan (1933), p. 81. Graff 457. Howes B903. Kurutz 95a. Sabin 8804. Streeter 3147. Wagner, Camp and Becker 146. Wheat, Gold Rush, 26. Zamorano Eighty 12. Cloth lightly worn at spine ends and corner tips, a very good copy. A lovely copy of this classic. (#167614).
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