Death Valley in '49. An Important Chapter of California Pioneer History
San Jose, CA: The Pacific Tree and Vine Co., 1894. First Edition. 498pp. Octavo [20 cm] Mustard colored cloth with the title and border stamped in black on the front board and the title is gilt stamped on the backstrip. Title blind stamped on the rear board. Very good. Item #8034
Classic travel narrative that describes in highly dramatic fashion the adventures and misadventures of a California-bound emigrant party of 49ers when they decided on a short-cut on the western trail, going against the advice of their hired guide, Jefferson Hunt. The group became lost in Death Valley, where they thirsted, starved and numbered died - giving the place its haunting name. Manly and a companion, John Rogers, were the heroes of the party. They escaped from the valley, reached San Fernando, and returned with food and relief for the suffering emigrants. Best of the West 215. Graff 2670. Streeter Sale 3020. Flake/Draper 5259. Paher 1226. Kurutz 427. Howes M255. Zamorano 80, 51.