Lot 55 of 703:
Autobiography of a Forty-niner  

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Memory Pictures. An Autobiography

Braly, John Hyde

Los Angeles

Neuner Company



263, [4] pp. Frontispiece portrait  plus plates.(8vo) 23.5x15.3 cm (9¼x6”), quarter brown cloth spine over printed pictorial paper boards, gilt printed leather spine label. Limited Edition.

Printed for private circulation, this copy is inscribed to Alma Foy Woodwine by the author's son.  


Braly was born in Missouri and went overland to Oregon in 1847, and went to California in 1849 for the Gold Rush. He worked for a time as a teamster hauling freight to Nevada City and Grass Valley, and provides a valuable description of the town of Frémont and life in the mining camps. He moved his family to Santa Clara in 1850, and much of the book describes his life there, in Fresno (where he owned a bank and engaged in farming), and in Los Angeles. There is also a section on the women's suffrage movement.

Lot Amendments

Upper front cover faded; large bookplate of James Strohn Copley on front pastedown; very good.

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