Across the continent: A summer's journey to the Rocky Mountains, the Mormons, and the Pacific states, with Speaker Colfax. By Samuel Bowles, Editor of the Springfield (Mass.) Republican. Springfield, Mass. Samuel Bowles & Company. New York: Hurd & Houghton, 1865. 19x12 cm, pp. [1-2: advertisements] [i-iii] iv-x [xi] xii-xx [1] 2-452 [453-454: blank] 1-6: advertisements, 1 map (colored and folded), original brown pebbled cloth, front and rear panels ruled in blind, spine panel stamped in gold, brown coated endpapers. First edition, second printing (or second issue). A series of letters and papers written during an overland journey in the summer of 1865 for publication in the Springfield Republican, here expanded. Pages 223-37 comprise a description of Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Big Tree Grove. Bowles notes that there had been 300 visitors to the valley so far that season, compared to 100 in 1864. He refers to the recent Yosemite Grant and commends the idea of preserving the valley as a public park. Pages 429-37 contain "supplementary papers" on Yosemite and the giant sequoia, comprising a geological description of Yosemite Valley by J. D. Whitney and measurements of some of the big trees in the Calaveras Grove. There are two printings (issues?) dated 1865. This one adds "The Gold Mines of California and the Silver Mines of Nevada. Their History, Condition and Prospects" by William Ashburner, pages [439]-452. Wagner, Camp and Becker (1982) 410:2 (not noting this printing). Early owner's name and address in pencil on the front free endpaper and the front flyleaf. Touch of wear to cloth at spine ends and corner tips, two faint stains on front cover, a clean, tight, nearly fine copy. Exceptionally nice condition for this book. (#172720).

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