Newtown, 1888. 8vo, green cloth. A scarce early California title. Manuscript letter signed by Charles Lummis pasted onto , newspaper reviews pasted in covering no text. There is unfortunately a large paint stain on the spine. Contents generally very good otherwise, with some foxing to plates. Fair to good condition overall due to the stain. Lummis' letter states "You may care to know that (your books) are a presence in my library, whereas 90% of (my) new books go to the junk-shop after I have read them." Possibly the author's copy, though there is no signature present. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: A California Tramp and Later Footprints; or,...
Publisher: Globe Printing House
Publication Date: 1888
Book Condition: Fair
Edition: First Edition.
Book Description Privately published, Newton, PA, 1888. First edition. Octavo.  pp. plus 12 full page illustrations. Publisher's green cloth with gilt vignette on front cover and titled in gilt on cover and spine, patterned endpapers. Gilt vignette largely flaked away and gilt on spine a bit gulled but a very clean and solid copy with an interesting provenance.An unusual copy, likely the author's. On the front endpaper there is a penciled ANS from Lummis reading-"I have to read an average of 30 or 35 books a month as a very small part of my work. But you may care to know that yours are preserved in my library, whereas 90% of the new books go to the junk shop after I have read them. Sincerely yours, Chas. F. Lummis." in addition to this fine testament there are 23 reviews of the book pasted into nearly every blank page(with attendant offsetting). All are postive. There are also some manuscript corrections [?] on the list of illustrations. One gets the general idea that Mr. Kenerdine was proud of his book (although it could be his mother). The following review was from Lummis' Land of Sunshine (pasted in above the Lummis noter): In 1858 Thaddeus S. Kenerdine trudged from Leavenworth to Salt Lake, and thence to Los Angeles as a "bullwhacker" with an overland freight caravan. It was toilsome, tedious and almost devoid of excitement or danger. From Los Angeles (then a little adobe town) he went by steamer to San Francisco; and after some experience as a veritable tramp found work on a Petaluma ranch, and remained there a couple of months. Then, money arriving from home, he returned via Panama. It shows him a genial and talkative traveler and gives some interesting glimpses of Los Angeles and San Francisco 40 years agbo, as well as a less hackneyed picture of the ox-driver's life on the old overland trail." Kenerdine, as an old man, visited California again in 1897 and recorded his adventures is a second work entitled California Revisited. Seller Inventory # 73589