San Marino, CA: The Huntington Library, 1954. Near Fine in Very Good dust-jacket First Edition, 2nd Printing. [9.25x6.25in]; xv, 179 pp., frontispiece fold out facsimile of Special Instructions and Schedule of Overland Mail Company, index; Tan linen cloth covers with black ink lettering on spine, map of mail route on end papers, all edges trimmed; Near fine with minimal shelf wear; Tan dust jacket with brown and black lettering on front and spine; Some shelf wear and soling to dust jacket, spine sunned, chips at corners and top of spine, closed tear top edge with archival tape repair, price clipped; tipped in 1960's magazine and newspaper articles on Pony Express. [Wagner-Camp 305a]. Item #13407
Waterman L. Ormsby (1834-1908), as a correspondent for the New York Herald, wrote a series of articles on the first westward stage of Overland Mail Company operated by John Butterfield (1801-1869). The Butterfield Overland Mail was a short lived operation from 1858 to 1861 that established a twice weekly passenger, mail and freight route between St. Louis and San Francisco. The route that traveled through Texas to the Gila River to Los Angeles and up the California Central Valley to San Francisco. In 1861, with the coming of the Civil War, the southern route was discontinued for a more northern route to Placerville, Ca. From Wagner-Camp, "Articles in this series appeared under various titles such as "Overland to San Francisco," and "The Great Overland Mail." The articles were edited and reprinted in this book along with a facsimile of the first time schedule, September, 1858."