Publication: Privately printed for the Author, 1928, San Francisco
First edition. 8vo. Quarter cloth and paper over boards, , 11 - 68 pp., frontis., introduction, illustrated, plates. As a young girl of 10 years of age, the author crossed the plains with her family in 1852. The family of five started from Winchester, Missouri in April, 1852, along with approximately 90 to 95 men, women, and children. The party traveled to Council Bluffs, Iowa, and then on to Sacramento, California, arriving in September, 1852. The journey was a difficult undertaking and the author, with her keen eye, shares many of the experiences in vivid detail. Mintz 3 says, "A scarce book on overland travel. Mary Ackley's party traveled from Clark County, Missouri, to Sacramento in five months." Mattes 1096 says, "On the Humboldt, the sound of birds whizzing through the air turned out to be a shower of Indian arrows. To cross the Sierra Nevada, it took a dozen oxen to pull one wagon." Light wear to bottom corners, else a very good copy of a difficult title.
Inventory Number: 46558