Santa Ana, CA: The Fine Arts Press; 1936; First Edition [reprint from 1848 edition][Vol. One of the Calafia Series][7x10”]; Light brown morocco boards with embossed blind stamp of covered wagon on front, leather spine with gilt lettering;  xxiv map 481 pp. ; Minor shelf wear to edges, spine dulled with dark spot at base, wear top and bottom, and more extensive to front hinge, some gilt missing in title [unrelated tipped in 1961 postage stamp on page xxiv]. Overall condition is very good. [Wagner (& Camp)146 note, Kurutz 95 note]. Item #13041
Edwin Bryant [1805-1869] joined the Russell expedition to California in May 1846 [during the journey, the Donner Party joined them for a while]. When he arrived in San Francisco, he volunteered to serve with Fremont as part of the military government of California and was latter selected by General Kearny to be the Acalade [mayor/judge] of San Francisco. In 1847, he returned to the east and published this book in 1848. Camp stated it was “... most detailed and reliable of all the overland journals” of 1848 and it described California before the discovery of gold. After 1849, there was greater interest in California and the book was reissued and revised many times and in many languages. Bryant became the foremost lecturer in all things California. This fine press issue is a reprint of the 1848 edition and Wilbur adds to the issue with extensive annotations and bibliography.