Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1931. Near Fine in Very Good dust-jacket First Edition, 1st Printing. Signed by Author, [9.5x6.5in]; xvii, 340 pp., 85 illustrations on plates and in text with 12 maps of sections of the California Trail, bibliography and index; Dark green cloth cover with stamped gilt lettering cover and spine, blind stamped publisher device on front, top edge trimmed and others untrimmed; Cream dust jacket with black and red lettering on cover and spine over wrap around graphic illustrations and map of the West and overland trails; Minimal shelf wear to covers, edges and corners, top text block dusty with darken to all edges; Spine on dust jacket darken with age, some soiling and stain spots to covers and a few small chips and closed tears to top and bottom of spine. A very nice signed copy of well researched original diaries. Item #13604
Archer Butler Hulbert (1873-1933) was historical geographer, author and professor of American History that wrote extensively on American history of the West. This book was one of his last and, prior to publication, won the Atlantic Monthly magazine prize for the "most interesting unpublished work (non-fiction) dealing with the American scene". The book uses diaries and letters of Forty-Niners from Independence, MO to Hangtown [Placerville], California to discribe a “typical” journey across the plains, mountains and deserts to California. It is a scholarly work that combines events and stories to give the reader a more complete picture of travel to California.