Petaluma, Cal. J.T. Studdert, 1898. 8vo. [vi], 186 pp. FIRST EDITION. With photographic frontispiece portrait of the author and his wife, numerous full-page illustrations. Original publisher’s black cloth over boards, title in gile on front cover. An excellent copy. Item #17086
First edition of an early California imprint. In 1851, Crawford, a minister, traveled overland from Illinois to Oregon, where he settled in the Williamette Valley near Portland. He subsequently moved to California, traveling between San Francisco, Sonoma, Santa Rosa and Stockton. The book recounts his adventures on the plains, among Indians, and as a prospector at the Powder River mines in Eastern Oregon. A fascinating first-person account of the west coast during the gold rush era.