San Jose, California: The Pacific Tree and Vine Co., 1894. First Edition. Hardcover. After leaving lead mining in Wisconsin for gold mining in California in July 1849, Manly (1820-1903) traveled via the Oregon Trail to Fort Bridger then attempted to float down the Colorado and Green rivers to the southwest. Upon reaching Arizona, Manly made a hard trek across desert country to southern California, where he finally arrived in 1850. The cornerstone of Death Valley literature, E.I. Edwards says of Manly's work, "No other book that has ever been written about Death Valley can ever remotely approach the Manly in historic importance. Not only is Manly historically sound, but the tenor of the narrative guarantees a quickening of the reader's interest."
Octavo: 498 p. with a frontispiece portrait of the author, three halftone plates, and a few textual illustrations. Original ochre cloth binding, with black and gilt stamping. Light bookplate shadow to the front pastedown. The cloth is especially clean and bright, with the publication date handwritten in ink near the spine heel and a bit of light wear to the corners and tips. Better than very good. The Zamorano Eighty 51. Very good. Item #73964