Lot 60 of 703:
Limited Edition Western Overland Journal  

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The Journal of a Forty-Niner

Brooks, E.W


Printed by the Curwen Press for the Reed Pale Press



(8vo), unbleached vellum with silk fore-edge ties, in paper board slipcase. Limited edition of 50 copies, one of 44 "regular" copies bound in vellum.

A very handsome and lavish edition. 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.

Lot Amendments

Slipcase soiled with closed tears on front edges; otherwise fine.

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