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Shaw, D.A.:

Condition: Very good Hardcover
From Nick Aretakis (Manteca, CA, U.S.A.)

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Los Angeles: B.R. Baumgardt & Co., 1900. 313pp., plus eight plates (including frontispiece portrait). Half title. Original green cloth, front board and spine gilt. Cloth worn and with some discoloration, worn at corners and foot of spine, cloth torn at head of spine. Bookplate on front pastedown and ink stamp on rear pastedown (see below). Very clean internally. Very good. This copy bears the bookplate of the Munk Library of Arizoniana on the front pastedown, and the ink stamp (showing it was released as a duplicate) of the Southwest Museum, which acquired the Munk Library. Shaw crossed the Plains twice, in 1850 and again in 1853, initially going by way of Council Bluffs, Fort Laramie, and Salt Lake City. He describes his adventures in Sacramento, Coloma, Placerville, Johnson's ranch, lynch law, the mining region, and battles over claims. He also includes a detailed description of a long trek by survivors of the shipwrecked "Dolphin" from Baja California to San Diego, which he says comes from "authentic sources." Wheat sees Shaw's memoirs as exemplary of a type: "this hodge-podge of history and reminiscence is a good example of many an old forty-niner's inordinate urge to relate his adventures. By mixing in a few bits of general history and by relating some of the harrowing mishaps that other travelers experienced, one could make one's own tale seem taller." COWAN, p.580. KURUTZ 569. WHEAT, GOLD RUSH 183. HOWELL 50:833. MATTES 956. MINTZ 419. ROCQ 16049. EBERSTADT, MODERN OVERLANDS 429. FLAKE 7638. Bookseller Inventory # 1331

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Binding: Original cloth

Book Condition: Very good

Edition: 1st Edition

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