Item #22981 LIFE SKETCHES Of A JAYHAWKER OF '49: Actual Experiences of a Pioneer Told by Himself and in his Own Way. William Manly, . Dow Stephens, orenzo.

LIFE SKETCHES Of A JAYHAWKER OF '49: Actual Experiences of a Pioneer Told by Himself and in his Own Way.

[San Jose]: [Notta Bros], 1916. 1st edition. 1 of 300 copies Cf. Kurutz 611, Howes S-941, Adams Herd 2160, Adams Six-Guns 2136, Cowan pp. 613. 68 pp. 6 plates of halftone portraits and scenes. 24cm x 16cm. Original stiff brown wrappers with gold stamped front cover. Now housed in a clear archival mylar sleeve. VG+ (light edgewear/faint abrasion at rear cover). Item #22981

This is a scarce western overland account by a restless New Jersey Jayhawker who traveled through Death Valley with William Manly. "Stephens joined an Illinois company that left for California on March 28, 1849. The company traveled to Fort Laramie, South Pass, Fort Bridger, and Salt Lake City before veering off to the Southern Route and Death Valley. Surviving this ordal, he followed the coast from Los Angeles to San Jose and then to the diggings on the Merced River. Stephens spent time in the diggings along the Merced River and at the mining towns of Chinese Camp and Fine Gold Gulch. With the beginning of the rainy season in the fall of 1850, Stephens took up farming and freighting. A restless type, he joined the mining rushed of British Columbia in 1862 and the Klondike in 1898" - Kurutz.

Price: $375.00

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