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; its inhabitants, climate, soil, productions, etc., etc.; a list of necessary outfits for emigrants; and a table of distances from camp to camp on the route. 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 the valleys of the Willamette, Umpqua, and Clamet; a general description of Oregon Territory; its inhabitants, climate, soil, productions, etc., etc.; a list of necessary outfits for emigrants; and a table of distances from camp to camp on the route

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; its inhabitants, climate, soil, productions, etc., etc.; a list of necessary outfits for emigrants; and a table of distances from camp to camp on the route

Cincinnati: J. A. and U. P. James, 1847. First edition, third issue, with date changed in ink by Palmer himself from 1847 to 1848, without the errata slip tipped in at page 189, and with the later readings on p. 31 and 121, per Howes; 8vo, pp. viii, [9]-189; contemporary full sheep, black morocco label on spine; top 1" of spine chipped away, bottom of spine chipped; a good, sound copy. "Most reliable of the early guides to Oregon; in addition, the best narrative by a participant in the overland migration of 1845, which more than doubled the population of Oregon" (Howes). "Palmer makes no pretense of literary finish. He gives us a simple narrative of each day's happenings during his own first journey in 1845, taking especial care to indicate the route, each night's camping places, and all possible cut-offs, springs, grassy oases, and whatever else might conduce to the well-being of the emigrant and his beasts. The great care taken by the author, with this very practical end in view, results in his volume being the most complete description of the Oregon Trail that we now possess" (Ruben Thwaites in the 1906 Arthur Clark edition, pp. 15-16). Howes P-47; Pilling, Proof-sheets, 2886; Sabin 58358; Wagner-Camp 136:3. Item #33685

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