Presentation Copy with the Blueprint Map

Experiences of a Forty-Niner.

Pittsburgh: 1892.

Price: $4,500.00

About the item

First edition. 390pp. plus plates. With the folding blueprint map laid in. Frontispiece portrait. With a card signed by the author inscribed to Joseph J. Dunnell. 1 vols. Large octavo. Presentation Copy with the Blueprint Map. Original green cloth with front cover and spine stamped in gilt. Provenance: Daniel Volkmann. Howes J173, "b."; Streeter Sale 3198; Graff 2229; Mintz 261; Mattes 511; Cowan, p.316; Wheat Gold Rush 113; Kurutz 364a; Howell 50:556; Eberstadt Modern Overlands 25; Reese, Best of the West 209.

Item #366078

From an edition limited to fifty copies, according to Mintz. This copy contains the scarce folding blueprint map, showing the route of the Forty-Niners from Independence, Missouri to Sacramento, California, and the political subdivisions of the West in the mid-19th century.

This is one of the most important and readable of all the Forty-Niner overland narratives. Jim Stewart served as the guide for the author's party. They left Independence in April and travelled through Fort Bridger and Salt Lake City, arriving in Sacramento in late July. Johnston gives an excellent account of his life in the mines, early Sacramento, and San Francisco, and of his return journey by sea. This work is high on the list of desirable post-Wagner-Camp overland narrative.