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The Santa Fe Trail to California, 1849-1852

Powell, H. M. T.

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The Journal and Drawings of H. M. T Powell. Edited by Douglas S. Watson. San Francisco: The Book Club of California, (1931). Folio, hardcover, quarter bound in natural niger goatskin and buckram boards. [14], 272 pp., illustrated after drawings of early California, including a stunning fold-out frontispiece drawing of Pueblo de Los Angeles. Front and back endleaf darkened from underlying boards as usual. A fine copy in original buckram slipcase with leather tips at head and foot. Printed letterpress in two colors on fine rag paper by Ed and Robert Grabhorn. One of 300 copies. A fine copy. Rittenhouse 471; Graff 3334; Howes P525; Heller & Magee 158; Kurutz 575 Almost nothing was known about the author of this journal, about whom Douglas Watson in his Introduction makes the comment, ".In its completeness of detail and wealth of description of the life and daily doings of his fellow immigrants and the country through which he journeyed, it is unsurpassed. Many diaries of travelers by way of the South Pass to California in the years from 1846 to 1850 have been published, and but very few covering the Santa Fe, Gila, Colorado Trail. Of all these none is its equal." The Grabhorn brothers waited many years for full payment for the printing of this work, one of their finest productions. By 1931 the Depression was well underway, with predictable consequences for luxury purchases. Published price at the time was $30.00. Bookseller Inventory # 12220

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Title: The Santa Fe Trail to California, 1849-1852

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