Title: The Log of a Forty-Niner: Journal of a Voyage from Newbury-port to San Francisco in the Brig Genl Worth Commanded by Capt. Samuel Walton. Kept by Richard L Hale. Newbury Mass.
Author: Carolyn Hale Russ
Description: Dark forest-green paper boards with blue cloth spine and a paste-on title block on the front. Light green topstain. Top edge of text block foxed. Endpapers toned; pages crisp. Dust jacket rubbed; some edgewear; rear panel appears streaked; spine somewhat darkened and scuffed and having an "x" in red pencil; not price clipped ($4.00). DJ in clear archival sleeve. 18 illustrations including frontis portrait on 16 plates. 183 pp. 9.75 x 7 inches.
Being the record of adventures by sea and shore to the California gold-fields and the Pacific Northwest, 1849-1854. Illustrated from original sketches by the author. Edited from original manuscripts by Carolyn Hale Russ, the daughter of Richard Hale.
Covers adventures of the 159 day voyage from Newburyport, Massachusetts to San Francisco aboard the General Worth (Nov 1849 to May 1850), including a stop at Juan Fernandez--the Robonson Crusoe island; the San Francisco of 1850 as well as the fire of 1851 and the following plague; a year working in Portland; and travels sailing south and observations of Callao in Peru and the Chincha Islands with its slave and guano industry. All in all, the log covers a four year time span.
Contents: Full Rigged and Away; The Arena on the Spar Deck; An Unintentional Insult; Fight Cape Weather; Robinson Crusoe Land; The Drifting Derelict; Redwoods on the Sea; The San Francisco of '50; The Plague Following the Fire; Portland, Oregon in '50; The Ghostly Visitant; The Warning Comes True; San Francisco in '52; The Robber--An Offer to Go into Business; The Yuba Mining Company; Indians on the Warpath; The Solitary Grave; In the Direction of Callao; The Buried City; The Realm of the Incas; Guano at the Chinchas; The Man of Mystery; The Press-Gang and the Sailor; The Massacre at the Straits; On the Home Stretch; Gold at the End of the Rainbow; In Retrospect.
Condition: Very Good+
Jacket Condition: Good
Publisher: B. J. Brimmer Company
Keywords: maritime, history, California, gold rush, 49ers, 1849 Gold Rush, Pacific Northwest, San Francisco, Portland, Oregon, Newburyport, Juan Fernandez Islands,
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