Joel Palmer: Journal of Travels Over the Rocky Mountains to the Mouth of the Columbia River, Made During the Years 1845 and 1846: Containing Minute Descriptions of Valleys of the Willamette, Umpqua & Clamet; a General Description of Oregon Territory, Etc
Near fine. A very good plus 1986 reprint of the 1847 edition. Red leather boards with gilt title stamping on cover and spine. Western end papers. Back page overglued. From the private library of Larry Southwick, collector's marginalia pencilled at edge of half title. 186 pp. including index. Octavo, 7 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches tall. Includes information for the emigrant on travelling West, essential words from the Nez Perce and Chinook languages.
As New. Book 186 pages, index, illustrations, new condition. Reprint of the 1847 edition, Mintz # 357, " An important guidebook for over a decade, this was also considered the best narrative by those who headed for Oregon in 1845. Palmer's party was one of the first over the Barlow Road in Oregon." " Contains a limited amount of explanation on the Chinook jargon."
Fine/No Jacket, as Issued. 0877702993 A FINE HARDCOVER IN RED BOARDS WITH GILT DECOR. The 1983 reprint edition, published by Ye Galleon Press. This edition has 187 pages, and includes illustrated endpapers, an index, notes on sources, and a special colophon Page to rear. It is illustrated throughout drawings. Palmer's journal is considered one of the best trail journals ever, serving as a guide for later travellers. JOEL PALMER: JOURNAL OF TRAVELS OVER THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS To the Mouth of the Columbia River, made during the Years 1845 and 1846: Containing Minute Descriptions of Valleys of the WILLAMETTE, UMPQUA and CLAMET; A General Description of OREGON Territory; it's Inhabitants, Climate, Soil Production, Etc., Etc.; a list of Necessary outfits for Emigrants; and a Table of Distances from Camp to Camp on the Route. ALSO: A Letter from the Reverend H.H. Spalding, resident Missionary, for the last ten years among the Nez Perce tribe of Indians on the Koos-koos-kee River; The Organic Laws of Oregon Territory; Tables of about 300 Words of the Chinook Jargon and about 200 Words of the Nez Perce Language; a description of Mt. Hood; Incidents of Travel; &c., &c.
First Edition. Palmer's account is one of the most interesting Oregon Trail journals to read, and was written with an eye to guide future emigrants. This is an unused book from the warehouse of a former new-book distributor.
Originally published in 1847 by J.A. & U.P. James under the extended title, "Journal of Travels Over the Rocky Mountains, to the Mouth of the Columbia River; Made During the Years 1845 and 1846: Containing Minute Descriptions of the Valleys of the Willamette, Umpqua, and Clamet; A General Description of Oregon Territory..." See Smith; Northwest Americana 7866. "Most reliable of the early guides to Oregon." Storm: Graff Collection 3171. Howes: USiana P47. 187 pages with index. Red covers with emblem and lettering in gilt. A fine and bright copy, issued without dust jacket.
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