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First Emigrant Train to California”—With Author’s Tipped-in Autograph

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44.     BIDWELL, John. Echoes of the Past about California: An Account of the First Emigrant Train to California, Frémont and the Conquest of California, the Discovery of Gold, and Early Reminiscences by the Late General John Bidwell Price 25c. [wrapper title]. Chico: Chico Advertiser, [1914]. [4], [1] 2-91 [1, blank] pp., title with photographic portrait of author, 3 half-tone photographic illustrations (scenes). 16mo (17.3 x 13 cm), original green printed wrappers, modern staples. Small portion of spinal extremities wanting, spine split at center, uniform age toning from the poor paper on which the pamphlet was printed. With tipped-in leaf from another source, signed “John Bidwell, Feb. 28, 1891.” Overall a very good copy in solander box.

     First separate edition (consists of three articles first published in Century Magazine for November-December, 1890, and February, 1891, with an additional chapter of reminiscences). Braislin 173. Cowan II, p. 52. Dobie, p. 84: “Bidwell got to California several years before gold was discovered. He became foremost citizen and entertained scientists, writers, scholars, and artists at his ranch home…. Graphic, charming, telling.” Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains & Rockies 35. Graff 292. Holliday Sale 88. Howell 50, California 299. Howes B432. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 55: “The photographs depict the Bidwell mansion and ranch.” Mattes, Platte River Road Narratives 52n. Mintz, The Trail 36. Norris 280. Paher, Nevada 127: “Narrates his journey from Ohio in 1839 to California, which he completed in 1841. Obviously impressed with the Humboldt River and its sink, the author devotes more detail than usual on his exploration of the river four years prior to Frémont’s arrival there. Well written.” Plath 55. Rocq 1371. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush #16.


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