“A cornerstone of any Western travel collection”—Kurutz

Graborn Printing of Powell’s Santa Fe Trail to California

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496. POWELL, H.M.T. The Santa Fe Trail to California 1849-1852. The Journal and Drawings of H.M.T. Powell. Edited by Douglas S. Watson. San Francisco: [Grabhorn Press for] The Book Club of California, 1931. [14], [2], [1] 2-272 pp., title printed in red and black, some initials and marginalia in red, frontispiece, 22 drawings (some full-page), 2 maps. Folio (35.5 x 25.5 cm), original sienna niger over tan cloth, title blind-stamped on spine, raised bands, plain tan paper d.j., housed in tan slip-case. Fine copy, with Eberstadt note in pencil on front pastedown.

     First edition, limited edition (300 copies). Sherwood “Bill” Grover reported to the Roxburghe Club in 1963 that this book was selected by Edwin Grabhorn as one of the top “ten” books printed by Grabhorn Press. BCC 41: “The journal covers three years of travel from Greenville, Illinois to St. Louis, to San Diego, then up the California coast to San Jose, the gold fields and San Francisco, and back to Greenville via the Isthmus. It is a vivid day-by-day account, supplemented by the author’s drawings which are reproduced in the exact size of the originals. The journal is a genuine contribution to the historical annals of the West.... Today it is among the most sought-after and expensive of the Club’s publications.” Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 390.Grabhorn (1915-1940) 158. Graff 3334. Howes P525. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 515: “Ranks as one of the most important and highly celebrated overland narratives. Its superb narrative combined with the elegant presentation of the Grabhorn Press make this a cornerstone of any Western travel collection. His delicate sketches of the missions and pueblos further embellish the volume. Magee 101. Mintz, The Trail 592. Rader 2716. Rittenhouse 471. Rocq 17100. Streeter Sale 3229. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 161. One of the Fifty Books of the Year.


Sold. Hammer: $1,000.00; Price Realized: $1,225.00.

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