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    Early Overland 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. This copy with none of the first issue points as referenced in Wagner-Camp. Octavo. [i-iii], vi-v, [vi blank], [vii], viii, [9]-152 pages. Contemporary tan paper over boards with brown cloth back strip. Boards and spine worn at the extremities; some modest dampstaining to boards; contents with light to moderate scattered foxing; Herbert McLean Evans book plate on the front pastedown; contemporary owner's inscription indicating he was a Wabash College classmate of Overton Johnson on the front free endpaper, else very good condition. Protected in a handsome custom half-leather slipcase with titles stamped on the spine in gilt.

    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).

    References: Graff 2221; Howes J142; Sabin 36260; Wagner-Camp 122.

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