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Pingenot Auction, Lot 365

365. [CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH]. Lot of 5 titles, including:

DAVIS, Stephen Chapin. California Gold Rush Merchant: The Journal of Stephen Chapin Davis. San Marino: Huntington Library, 1956. Map. 8vo, cloth over boards. Printed spine label is loose, else fine in mylar d.j.

DILLON, Richard H. (editor). Texas Argonauts: Isaac H. Duval and the California Gold Rush. San Francisco: [David Holman for] The Book Club of California, 1987. xiii [1] 199 pp. [7], color illustrations by Charles Shaw, with numerous handsome full-page and double-page color plates, endpaper maps. Small folio, printed spine label. Mint in original publisher’s plain d.j. Holman’s humorous apology for delay in printing laid in.
         Limited edition (450 copies). Pingenot: A sumptuous book designed and printed by David Holman at Wind River Press, Austin, Texas. Major Duval’s reminiscences of the Gila Trail journey from Texas to the Mother Lode mines in 1849. An important account that stands as a companion volume with the Book Club’s Santa Fe Trail to California, published in 1931. Dillon’s fine introduction includes a summarization of Duval’s apprenticeship as a plainsman, as a bear hunter in the Arkansas Ozarks, and as a scout-diplomat in the Comanche country of Texas. Annotations throughout the text identify minor and obscure names and places; an appendix includes a roster of the Duval Company. This fine-press book sold out immediately upon publication and will be much-sought by Texas, Overland, and California collectors.

ECCLESTON, Robert. Overland to California on the Southwestern Trail, 1849: Diary of.... Berkeley: University of California Press, 1950. Frontispiece portrait, 2 folding maps. Small 4to, original pictorial cloth. Fine in a very good to fine d.j.
         First edition, limited edition (750 copies). Edited by George P. Hammond & Edward H. Howes. Edwards, Lost Oases, p. 68: "Eccleston was a member of the Frémont Association; and one of their leaders was the celebrated adventurer—Col. ‘Jack’ Hayes." Howes E34. Pingenot: This important diary begins April 3, 1849, when Eccleston, then 19, left New York for Galveston, Texas, and ends December 28 of the same year in the desert outside San Diego.

EVANS, George W. B. Mexican Gold Trail: The Journal of a Forty-Niner. San Marino: Ward Ritchie for Huntington, 1945. Plates, endpaper maps. 8vo, cloth. Fine in a chipped but otherwise good pictorial d.j.
         First edition. Edwards, Desert Voices, p. 55. Gunn, Mexico in American and British Letters 714. Pingenot: The first printed appearance from Evans’s original diary still in the private hands of his descendants. Evans and his party came to Texas from Ohio in 1849 to take a "short-cut" route through northern Mexico to California. From San Antonio, these forty-niners crossed the Rio Grande at Ft. Duncan and proceeded to Muzquiz, Coahuila, where they procured a guide to lead them through the rugged mountain region south of the Texas Big Bend. After tremendous suffering and hardship the Evans party arrived in Chihuahua; continued on to Tucson, Yuma, Los Angeles, and Stockton. This is the only account of a gold rush expedition traveling via this unknown trail through northern Mexico. Long out-of-print.

FOREMAN, Grant. Marcy & the Gold Seekers: The Journal of Captain R. B. Marcy, With an Account of the Gold Rush over the Southern Route. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1939. Illustrations, folding map. 8vo, cloth. Very fine in a near fine d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: Marcy’s journal and other diaries deal with the emigrant route to the gold fields by way of Santa Fe and the southern route.

(5 vols.)