One of the Few Works on the Emigration of 1848Riley Root. Journal of Travels From St. Josephs to Oregon, With Observations of That Country, Together With a Description of California, Its Agricultural Interests, and a Full Description of Its Gold Mines. Galesburg (Illinois): Gazetteer and Intelligencer Prints., 1850. First edition. Octavo. -143 pages. Original tan printed wrappers with ornate decorative border on the front wrapper. Original buff cloth backstrip. Some soiling and light water stain to upper right corner of text for the first few pages, a tall untrimmed copy in very good condition. Sold in a cloth slipcase with chemise.
"The journal is one of the few known from the emigration of 1848. Riley Root left home on April 3, 1848, arrived in Oregon City on September 13, and reached California the following spring [sic] on May 7, 1849...Roots gives an extensive description of the overland journey, as well as a report of the Whitman massacre...". (Wagner-Camp). "One of the best overland journals, one of a few covering 1848, one of the earliest describing the California gold-fields, which he reached from Oregon, May 1849". (Howes). "...one of the top four written about the overland route to Oregon. It has a usefulness the fluffy first accounts of Oregon and California did not have." (Graff).
References: Graff 3565; Howes,1994 edition R436 ("dd"); Wagner-Camp 189.
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