Palo Alto, CA: American West Publishing Company, 1974. Fine. First Edition. Limited Deluxe Edition, [11.25x8.5in]; , 17-262 pp., bibliographical sketches, , index, [286 pp.], 1 double page colored route map, portfolio of 28 detailed black and white maps of trails overlaid on '... present day roads, cities, political boundaries and major land marks ...", numerous color and black and white images throughout; Gray linen cloth covers with dark blue leather back strip, gilt lettering on spine, blue-gray end papers, light blue page ribbon, with dark blue slipcase; Negligible shelf wear to book, light shelf wear to slipcase. A fine copy. Item #13801
Thomas Hunt and Robert Adams have created a beautiful book that brings the emigrant trails of the 1840's and 50's into present day reality of the harsh and difficult travel. They cover nine routes through the Rocky Mountains to California with variations - Humbolt River, Applegate-Lassen, Mormon-Carson, Stevens-Donner, Sonora, and Nobles routes, with the River Raft approach and the Hastings Cutoff. The introduction and pictorial journey uses excerpts from 44 Emigrant journals to bring the travel beauty and conditions to life. Included are biographical sketches and portfolio of detailed maps.
This is a nice introduction to the important overland travels to the west. The western expansion was important in the country's development and place in the world. The journal excerpts are from published journals, diaries and travel guides by individuals that traveled the trails, and would be a good collection of works on the overland travel.