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needs of his colleagues and mules, kept statistics, main-

tained detailed notebooks, and yet found time to sit

around a campfire to write. During a lengthy Los Ange-

les rain, for example, he confided that he had written

thirteen letters or about eighty pages.

Credit must be given to Farquhar for a masterful

job of documenting Brewer’s California peregrinations.

In addition to extensive notes, the volume includes an

itinerary and a map illustrating his travels.


“Pro-Union sentiment ran high and

King’s eloquence was its cutting edge”

Kevin Starr


KING, T[homas] Starr.

Peace: What It Would Cost Us. Address

Delivered in Platt’s Music Hall, San Francisco, by Rev. T. Starr

King, Thursday Evening, August 29th, 1861....



Francisco, August 29th, 1861

. Folio broadside in six columns. A

few small spots, some skillful repairs at folds, minor losses

(costing a few letters), but overall a fine copy of an ephemer-

al broadside.

First printing.

Greenwood 1480 (2 locations: California

Historical Society & Boston Public Library). Text of an

address denouncing the Southern Rebellion and advocating a

return to constitutional government for the whole county, by

force, if necessary. King (1824-1864) was a prominent Boston

emigrant to California and a strong Union advocate. For dis-

cussion of King’s influence in California, see pp. 97-105 in

Kevin Starr,

Americans and the California Dream, 1850-1915

(New York: Oxford University Press, 1973).


“Westward the Star of Empire makes its Way”


The Great West Embracing its Population, Productions, Extent,

Places and Distances on the Ohio, Mississippi, and Missouri Rivers,

Panoramic View of the Route to China, &c. By H. Phelps, New York

[below border]:

Rufus Blanchard, 242 Main St. Cincinnati


Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1847, by H. Phelps,

in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of the United States for the

Southern District of New York.—Published by Joseph Ward, 52

Cornhill, Boston. | Ensigns, & Thayer, 36 Ann Street, New York. |

D. Needham, 12 Exchange St., Buffalo N.Y.

Large broadside (71.2

x 54.6 cm; 28 x 21

inches). Woodcut illustrations and printed

text, hand colored. Panoramic view at top showing overland

and sea route from the U.S. to China, portraits (Ferdinand De

Soto, Daniel Boone, Thomas H. Benton, and Henry Clay),

shields of states (including Texas), with statistics, itinerary of

routes on the Missouri, Ohio, and Mississippi Rivers, and alle-

gorical scene “Westward the Star of Empire makes its way.”

Mild staining and some tears repaired, generally very good.

First printing.

Manifest Destiny ephemera—the climax of

popular iconography for the masses. The designers seemed

intent upon squeezing in as much history and iconography as

possible of the Young Republic on the crest of Manifest Des-

tiny. Phelps was one of the more enthusiastic boosters of

Western travel and emigration.


Young Comet stud services for $15



Comet! This fine and celebrated Horse, will stand this season at my

Stable 12 miles above Gonzalez, and 4 miles North East of Bellmont,

Item 10

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