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    J[essy] Quinn Thornton. Oregon and California in 1848. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1849. First edition. Two twelvemo volumes. [x], [13]-393, [1, blank] pages; [xii], [13]-379, [1, blank], [12, ads], [4, blank] pages. Original blind-stamped brown cloth, spines lettered in gilt. Yellow endpapers. Board edges and corners abraded and bumped. Spine ends chipped with a bit of loss; Volume I spine stained; Volume II endpapers stained. Text blocks slightly cockled, edges darkened with dirt soiling. Library bookplates affixed to front pastedowns with ink ownership signatures of "Vincent" dated "1908"; scattered light to moderate foxing, toning on outer margins; Volume I has annotation on front blank flyleaf. Very good, each housed in clamshell boxes. Howes T 230. Cowan p. 230.

    More Information: "Thornton arrived in Oregon in 1846, and soon after became judge of its supreme court. His work is one of the best authorities of the period, and the account he has given of the ill-fated Donner party is perhaps the most valuable in print" (Cowan p. 230).

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