Forty years after the legendary overland travels of Oregon pioneers in the 1840s, Lucy Clark Allen wrote, "the excitement continues." Economic hard times in Minnesota sent Allen and her husband to Montana in hopes of evading the droughts, grasshoppers, and failed crops that had plagued their farm. Allen and her compatriots, in this volume of "Covered Wagon Women", experience a much different journey than their predecessors. Many settlements now await those bound for the West, with amenities such as hotels and restaurants, ...
Forty years after the legendary overland travels of Oregon pioneers in the 1840s, Lucy Clark Allen wrote, "the excitement continues." Economic hard times in Minnesota sent Allen and her husband to Montana in hopes of evading the droughts, grasshoppers, and failed crops that had plagued their farm. Allen and her compatriots, in this volume of "Covered Wagon Women", experience a much different journey than their predecessors. Many settlements now await those bound for the West, with amenities such as hotels and restaurants, as well as grain suppliers to provide feed for the horses and mules that had replaced the slower oxen in pulling wagons. Routes were clearly marked--some had been replaced entirely by railroad tracks. Nevertheless, many of the same dangers, fears, and aspirations confronted these dauntless women who traveled the overland trails.
A collection of contemporary diaries and letters written by women describing the day by day events of the overland journey to California, Oregon, and Utah-and an occasional odyssey back the other way. Volumes II-IV pertain to the Gold Rush. Kurutz 340. Mintz: The Trail, 233, 234, 235, 236. Some volumes illustrated. The final volume includes large folded map, bibliography and index. Uniformly bound in blue cloth with lettering in gilt. The first two volumes are in the original plain brown paper dust jackets, all other volumes in the original plain white paper dust jackets. A fine attractive set in fine dust jackets, four of which have lightly toned spine panels.
First editions, first printings. Turquoise cloth, no dust jackets. Fine. Folding maps. Dr. Holmes viewed this series "as a continuation of First White Women Over the Rockies, edited by Drury. The Diaries are reprinted verbatim, with no changes in spelling or punctuation, etc. Each is introduced by the editor with historical background and identification of characters wherever possible. Minor footnoting to clarify the text is included. The series was very successful for the publisher." Clark-The Arthur H. Clark Company, A bibliography and history.
Fine-as New. No Jacket as Expected. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. 273 pages plus two additionl regarding this as the final volume besides an intended index and bibliography for the entire series. This Volume X is extremely hard to find. This copy is in Very fine or even mint conditon.
Very Good. Turquoise hardcover in excellent condition, like new! ; Volume 9, 1864-1868. Covered Wagon Women, Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1840-1890, is a projected series of ten volumes of approimately 300 pages each. Each volume will contain documents which are either unpublished, or very rare, from a certain time period of our history. They will be transcribed as written, without internal editing, and will be introduced and footnoted by the editor. All volumes are produced by the letterpress technique of printing in Caslon type, with Centaur hand-set display type. Great care has been taken to assure their durability, and only the finest of materials have been chosen for printing and binding. Subscriptions to the series are welcomed by the publisher, although each volume is available individually. The publisher will furnish descriptive material or other detailed information on request. The Arthur H. Clark CompanyP. O. Box 230Glendale, CA 91209The final volume of the series will provide and index, bibliography, gazeteer and other reference material pertaining to all volumes of this work.; Vol. 9; 6.5" x 9.5"; 249 pages.
This series, edited by Holmes, is comprised of journals from women who emigrated west during the covered wagon westward expansion era. Like other volumes of this sort, the quality, content, and writing style of the original journal being cited weighs considerably on the readability and quality of the narrative. Holmes has done a great job of selecting fairly well written diaries with a variety of experiences and reasons for westward emigration, which gives the series a breadth and level of quality that makes it worth owning and reading. This is a key source of western emigration information, with detail about life on the trail, that simply isn't generally available in other ways. It is particularly unique in that it provides the women's view of the trail which varies considerably from the men's view of the trail as they tended to focus on different topics in their diaries. An excellent read.
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