Journal of Travels from St. Josephs to Oregon, with Observations of

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ROOT, Riley. Journal of Travels from St. Josephs to Oregon, with Observations of That Country, together With Some Description of California, Its Agricultural Interests, and A Full Description of Its Gold Mines. Galesburg, Il.: Gazetteer and Intelligencer Prints, 1850. 143pp. Original printed wrappers, rebacked with pink cloth. Wrappers reinforced. Light foxing, marginal dampstain to first few leaves. Untrimmed and unopened, a near fine copy. In a brown half morocco slipcase, gilt. One of the few journals of the 1848 emigration, and a cornerstone of overland literature. Root crossed the Missouri River at St. Joseph in April and reached Oregon City on Sept. 13. He then went to California, arriving in the spring of 1849. His daily journal occupies pages 16-36 and is followed by several pages of very practical advice to emigrants. The remainder of the work consists of descriptions of Oregon and California, including a report on the Whitman massacre. The wrapper is known in several variants (see Wagner-Camp); this copy bears the wrapper imprint "Intelligencer Print" as well as the name of the compositor. "Root provided his readers with information on the Oregon reaction to the Gold Rush, geography and geology of the gold district, varieties of gold, mode of searching for gold, and a general description of California" - Kurutz. "One of the best overland journals, one of a few covering 1848, one of the earliest describing the California gold-fields, which he reached from Oregon, May 1849" - Howes, who affords it a "c" rating. Very few copies of Root have appeared for sale in the last several decades. HOWES R436, "c." GRAFF 3565. WAGNER-CAMP 189. STREETER SALE 3162. COWAN, p.542. KURUTZ 543a. BYRD 1621. Bookseller Inventory #

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Book Description Biobooks, Oakland CA, 1955. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good+. First Thus. 130 pages. Walter-Camp 189, " One of the few known journals from the emigration of 1848. Root left home on April 3, 1848, arrived in Oregon City on September 13, and reached California the following spring on May 7, 1849. He gives an extensive description of the journey along with a report of the Whitman massacre.". Seller Inventory # 8496

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Book Description Biobooks, Oakland CA, 1955. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. First Edition. 130 pages. Walter-Camp 189, " One of the few known journals from the emigration of 1848. Root left home on April 3, 1848, arrived in Oregon City on September 13, and reached California the following spring on May 7, 1849. He gives an extensive description of the journey along with a report of the Whitman massacre.". Seller Inventory # 015118

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Book Description Biobooks; Oakland CA, 1955. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. This 6.625 x 9.625 inch, 130 page hardcover book is the 1955 printing of this title as part of the Biobooks Series that published the forty-nine most important titles describing early California. This copy is in strictly fine condition and even better, with no condition issue to mention for this copy. The green cloth covers with brilliant gilt cloth back-strip is "As New" - - with the black lettering on spine clean and bright. The interior of the book shows absolutely no sign of use or damage. This reprint was issued with 500 copies by the Abbey Press. The still-legendary Edward Eberstadt, who was recognized as the "Dean of Antiquarian Bookmen in America" during first half of the twentieth century, described Root's account of overland travel as one of the best, with Root's party reaching Oregon in 1848 and then on to California for the gold rush. 130 pages. Seller Inventory # 1505-945

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Book Description Biobooks, 1955. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good-. Some shelf wear to binding and rubbing to spine and corners. Limited to 500 copies. Seller Inventory # 23104

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Book Description Biobooks, Oakland, California, 1955. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First edition. Foreword by Joseph A. Sullivan. First California Edition, one of 500 copies printed at The Abbey Press. This journal is one of the few known from the emigration of 1848. Riley Root left home in Knox County, Illinois on April 3, 1848; arrived in Oregon City, Oregon Territory on September 13; and reached California the following spring on May 7, 1849. Root provided his readers with information on the Oregon reaction to the Gold Rush, geography and geology of the gold district, varieties of gold, mode of searching for gold, and a general description of California. Green cloth-covered boards over a gold cloth spine with black lettering. A very good copy. Kurutz, G.: The California Gold Rush, #543b. Seller Inventory # 22973

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Book Description Biobooks, Oakland, California, 1955. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First edition. Foreword by Joseph A. Sullivan. First California Edition, one of 500 copies printed at The Abbey Press. This journal is one of the few known from the emigration of 1848. Riley Root left home in Knox County, Illinois on April 3, 1848; arrived in Oregon City, Oregon Territory on September 13; and reached California the following spring on May 7, 1849. Root provided his readers with information on the Oregon reaction to the Gold Rush, geography and geology of the gold district, varieties of gold, mode of searching for gold, and a general description of California. Red cloth binding, with gilt lettering. A very good copy. Kurutz, G.: The California Gold Rush, #543b. Seller Inventory # 22972

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