Publication: Written and photographs by S O'Melveny, 1937, British Columbia
First edition. 4to. Inked inscription on front preliminary page: "To Bob Hunter on his birthday 1937. It was for him and one or two others that I kept the diary. S. O'M." 11 1/8" x 8 5/8" full leather binding, colorful front and rear marbled endpapers,  52 pp of typed (one-side only) pp., of text accompanied by 42 original 2 3/4" x 4 1/2" photographs tipped into the text. The writer has provided a three-page check list with some suggestions as to personal supplies needed for this hunting trip. The list includes rifles, telescope sights, ammunition, clothing, footwear, etc. An interesting foreword is also provided. An excellent journal originally kept during a hunting trip in British Columbia around 1937. The author took his diary and notes from the trip, later typing this manuscript and inserting his original captioned photographs. He then had it bound and presented it to a friend who is mentioned in an opening inscription on the front free endpaper. The trip was coordinated through Jack Brewster of Jasper, Alberta. The author's guides were Frank and Miles Moberly ... "Indians who had hunted in the country all their lives as had their father and grandfather before them." The cook who would accompany them was Frank Gladish, an English immigrant, who had a farm in British Columbia. Following the Snake River, they made their way to Willow Creek and then deeper into the wilderness (8 pages devoted to time traveling in Jasper area). The diary continues to follow the hunters as they track game, make camp, and at times endure harsh snowy and freezing weather. (Beginning on page 8 of the journal the trip enters Rock Creek Valley where the men hunt and fish through page 35. Then onto Alberta, the Pass to Berland River, Sulphur River Valley, Monigan Creek, and then down Hay River, Rock Lake and home.) The author's entries provide wonderful descriptions of the countryside, scenery, accounts of tracking and shooting game, camping, and details about his guides and cook. The photographs are fine and contain images of encampments, crossing the Athabasca River by canoe, trekking on horseback, Indian guides at work, views of the trails, and the mountains and waterways they traveled over and hunted. An excellent first-hand account of hunting in the wilderness of British Columbia. Leather covers are rubbed and a bit discolored with light wear to the corner tips with the interior, clean and tight. Overall a very good copy.
Inventory Number: 47879