An Excursion to California Over the Prairie, Rocky Mountains, and Great Sierra Nevada, With a Stroll Through the Diggings and Ranches of That Country. William Kelly.

An Excursion to California Over the Prairie, Rocky Mountains, and Great Sierra Nevada, With a Stroll Through the Diggings and Ranches of That Country.

London: Chapman and Hall, 1851.

First edition. x, 342; viii, 334 pp. + [2] pp. ads. 2 vols. 8vo. Bound in later fine full green morocco by Gray & Son; minor toning to spine, else fine. Bookplates of Herbert McLean Evans. Howes K68 "aa"; Sabin 37321; Blumann & Thomas 5025; Bradford 2807; Braislin 1092; Byrd 27; Cowan, p. 235; Flake 4569; Graff 2298; Streeter 2670; Wagner-Camp 200:1; Mattes 515; Mintz 269; Rocq 15895; Kurutz 370a; Wheat, BOOKS 115; Eberstadt 115:1036; Howell 50:563; Vail, GOLD FEVER, p.19. Item #235880

Account of Englishman William Kelly's (1791-1855) visit to California in 1849-50, with vol. I concerning his voyage from England and overland to the American West, and vol. II describing gold mining operations and camp life near the Sacramento River. Kelly is generally disapproving of the American West and the prospectors he finds there - though he finds much to admire in Native American culture. "The narrative of a Britisher who traveled far and saw much, all of which is related in an engaging manner." (Cowan) "Lively, entertaining and worthwhile narrative." (Wheat)

A fine set in an attractive binding.

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