First edition. 8vo. One Hundred copies of this edition of the Erskine Diary have been bound with genuine morocco spine and sides covered with all-rag paper hand marbled by Barbara Holman (No two sheets are ever the same). This is number 34 boxed, numbered and signed by J. Evetts Haley. Quarter leather and marbled paper over boards, titles stamped in gold gilt on the spine, 173 (1) pp., acknowledgements, introduction, illustrated, appendix, index. In Explanation & In Gratitude by J. Evetts Haley. Historical Introduction by J. Evetts Haley. Erskine prospered in the cattle industry and from his Capote Ranch on the Guadalupe River near Seguin in 1854, drove a herd of cattle to California. On the drive he had the protection of an armed escort under the command of James J. Callahan. This is a detailed diary of his experiences on this drive. He became involved with several mining ventures, which were apparently failures. His letters home tell of his five year mining venture In 1859 before he returned to Capote Ranch and resumed the raising of cattle. Fine, unread copy in original cloth slipcase.
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