The Diary of Patrick Breen Recounting the Ordeal of the Donner Party Snowbound in the Sierra 1846-47. Patrick Breen, Ed George R. Stewart.
The Diary of Patrick Breen Recounting the Ordeal of the Donner Party Snowbound in the Sierra 1846-47
The Diary of Patrick Breen Recounting the Ordeal of the Donner Party Snowbound in the Sierra 1846-47
The Diary of Patrick Breen Recounting the Ordeal of the Donner Party Snowbound in the Sierra 1846-47

The Diary of Patrick Breen Recounting the Ordeal of the Donner Party Snowbound in the Sierra 1846-47

San Francisco: The Book Club of California; 1946; First Edition limited to 300 [5.5x8.5”]; Cream and green shades cover with geometric patterns and feathers, title printed in light brown ink on vellum backstrip spine; [5] 6-38 pp. [30] Facsimile [2], frontispiece and other illustrations by Mallette Dean, sepia toned facsimile of entire original diary from Bancroft Library, includes post card order form; minimal shelf wear and slight darkening of edges. Overall condition is near fine [Howell 50 1299]

Patrick Breen [1805-1868], his wife and seven children, were survivors of the Donner Party when rescued by the Reed relief party in March, 1847. The original Diary is in the Bancroft Library as part of the original collection for the library. Several printings of the diary have been done since 1847, but all were lacking in completeness. Item #13039

According to Howell, this is the “most authentic and important edition of this basis document of California history.” In Stewart’s introduction, there is a narrative of the history of the diary and shortcomings of previous printings. He included in this edition a complete facsimile copy of the short diary, so that the readers would be able to read the source document. Below is an example of two entries;

February 23, 1847 “... shot Towser [family dog] to day & dressed his flesh Mrs Graves came here this morning to borrow meat dog or ox they think I have meat to spare but I know to the Contrary they have plenty hides I live principally on the same” February 26, 1847 “... The Donnos [spelling of Donner] told the California folks that they commence to eat the dead people 4 days ago, if they did not succeed that day or the next in finding their cattle then under ten or twelve feet of snow…I suppose they have done so ere this time”.

Price: $190.00

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