Lot 23 of 541:
The Journal of a Forty-Niner, One of Fifty Copies  

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The Journal of a Forty-Niner

Brooks, E[rnest] W[illiam]


[For Reed Pale Press by the Curwen Press]



[4], 67, [2] pp. Frontispiece portrait from photo. 23x16 cm (9x6¼"), bound in unbleached vellum with blue silk ties, cardboard slipcase. One of only 50 copies, printed by the Curwen Press. First Edition.

Unnumbered out of series copy from an edition limited to fifty copies. A very handsome and lavish edition, being one of forty-four copies bound in vellum, printed by the Curwen Press for the Reed Pale Press. The entire edition consisted of only fifty copies, with the "regular" copies bound in vellum. Brooks, a devout and temperate man, left Elyria, Ohio, and travelled with a partner as part of the Middleburg California Company to the Sacramento Valley in 1849 via St. Joe, where they decided to join a larger party of Buckeyes. The trip consumed five months (less two days), and took the company by way of South Pass, Salt Lake, Goose Lake, and the Pitt River. The text consists of Brooks' verbatim journal. Destined, no doubt, to be one of the most uncommon of all modern overlands. Mattes 373. Mintz 53. Kurutz 80.

Lot Amendments

Wear and toning to slipcase, with some splitting at edges; volume fine.

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