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    One of the Earliest Oregon Trail Narratives

    Overton Johnson and William H. Winter. Route Across the Rocky Mountains, With a Description of Oregon and California; Their Geographical Features, Their Resources, Soil, Climate, Productions, &c., &c. Lafayette (Indiana): John B. Semans, Printer, 1846. First edition, second issue, with none of the first issue points as referenced in Wagner-Camp or Graff. Octavo. [i-iii], vi-v, [vi blank], [vii], viii, [9]-152 pages. Complete. Original boards lacking cloth binding, blue cloth on spine still partially present, yet are covered by later cloth tape. Binding quite worn and soiled, text block detached from binding, front and rear free endpapers loose and soiled, yet present. Second front blank and title-page suffering with animal depredation, with loss of one word ("Mountains") on title-page, marginal animal depredation and damage to text near fore-edge, with damage being worst near the last quarter of the book (no loss of text). Text foxed and dampstained. Contemporary ink signature of Marcus Renfro on rear free endpaper, pencil signature of John Renfro on rear pastedown. Fair, sold as is.

    One of the early overland narratives and one of the earliest guidebooks to the overland route, printed in a very small edition on a newspaper press in Lafayette, Indiana. The first forty pages are devoted to the 1843 overland journey from Independence, Missouri to Oregon, with the rest comprising descriptions of Oregon and Alta California; there is also an appendix with instructions to emigrants including a seven-page table labeled "Bill of the Route" giving both point to point and accumulative mileage and brief descriptions of the trail. Among the many details he mentions that gold was discovered in the Pueblo Valley, and the production of wine. "Describes the 1843 Oregon migration, the Oregon region and California. In historical importance one of the greatest of early overland narratives." (Howes). Graff 2221. Howes J142. Sabin 36260. Wagner-Camp 122.

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