Publication: Columbian Book Company, 1872, Hartford
First edition. 8vo, Brown cloth, titles and device stamped in gilt on front cover and spine, xvi, 17 - 327 pp., plus 2 pages, prefatory, frontispiece, illustrated, plates, advertisement. Cowan says "The author later famous as a distinguished ethnologist, journeyed from Raleigh to San Francisco, a distance of 3556 miles. Although occasionally overdone, his descriptions are entertaining and frequently amusing." Eberstadt 104: 256 says "This book, while common, is among the best pieces of descriptive literature relating to American travel." Best of the West 185 says "He describes in detail his journey through Texas ("the Texans do everything for honor, but nothing for justice"), Arizona and New Mexico, and on to California, including observations of gold mining, 'California girls,' and the glories of San Francisco. This is an entertaining account which gives a good picture of the Southwest and South immediately after the Civil War." Spine has been recased with original spine laid-down, front and rear hinges reinforced and cosmetic touch-up to the corners, else a clean, tight copy. An attractive copy.
Inventory Number: 51492