(CALIFORNIA.) Thornton, J. Quinn. Oregon and California in 1848. Folding map (hand-colored in outline), 12 plates. [iii]-393; [v]-379, 8, 4 pages. 2 volumes. 12mo, publisher's cloth, minor wear; short closed tear to map, foxing; early owner's inscriptions on front free endpapers and title pages. New York, 1849
first edition. One of the key books available at the peak of the Gold Rush, featuring the first account of the tragic Donner party in print. The map has "El Dorado or Gold Region" shaded in yellow. Cowan 1933, page 638; Graff 4143; Howes T224 ("aa"); Sabin 95630; Streeter sale V:3155; Wagner-Camp 174:1; Wheat Books 208; Wheat Maps of Gold Region 73; Wheat, Transmississippi West 593 and page III:75; Zamorano Eighty 74 ("among the best of the times").
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