First Edition in Original Wrappers
CLARKE, A.B. Travels in Mexico and California: Comprising a Journal of a Tour from Brazos Santiago, through Central Mexico, by Way of Monterey, Chihuahua, the Country of the Apaches, and the River Gila, to the Mining Districts of California. Boston: Wright & Hasty , 1852.
First edition. Twelvemo (7 1/2 x 4 7/16 inches; 190 x 113 mm). [1-5] 6-138, [6, blank] pp.

Publisher's original light brown printed wrappers. Wrappers printed in black. Small dampstain on front wrapper. Bottom outer hinge of wrapper with a one-inch closed tear. Fore-edge with some light dampstaining. Chemised and housed in a custom quarter morocco slipcase. A very good copy of this classic with no restoration whatsoever.

"Clarke, a native of Conway, Massachusetts, sailed from New York on January 29, 1849, as a member of the Hampden Mining Company. After arriving in Central Mexico, he proceeded westward via Arizona and the Gila River. He arrived in Los Angeles on July 9. In the Gila area, he met Dr. Field, one of the two survivors of the infamous Fannin massacre. By August 2, the New Englander labored in the Toulumne Diggings. He spent the winter of 1849 and 1850 in San Francisco and in the summer of 1850 worked on the Yuba River". According to Hill-"An important and rare overland account."

Cowan, p. 128. Graff 746. Howes C-451. Wagner-Camp 210. Wheat, Gold Rush, 41.

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