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

ROOT, Riley.

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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 # 68966

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