Draper, Seth (1820-1876)
Voyage of the Bark Orion from Boston around Cape Horn to San Francisco, Cal. In the Year 1849, touching Rio de Janeiro and San Juan Fernandez
Scarce Reminiscence by a Forty-Niner that Sailed ‘Round the Horn
“Seth Draper, aged twenty-nine, hailed from South Attleboro, Massachusetts. He sailed on the barque Orion from the port of Boston on November 12, 1849. When in Rio de Janeiro, Draper recorded the arrival of the other California-bound vessels and wrote in some detail about what he saw at this great port city. He also provided fine accounts of his trip around Cape Horn and a four-day visit to Juan Fernandez Island. He arrived in San Francisco on May 6, 1850 or 175 days out from Boston” (Kurutz 206)
This sparse pamphlet was published by Riverside Press and printed by Henry O. Houghton, a collaboration commencing in 1852 and evolving into publishing giant Houghton-Mifflin. The book is a Riverside rarity.
Cambridge: Privately printed by H. O. Houghton and Company and Riverside Press, 1870, First Edition, original grey printed wrappers, title within ruled border on front cover. Covers lightly scuffed and toned. Interior is very Fine. Housed in a blue cloth slipcase with black gilt-lettered spine label in matching chemise.
Kurutz: The California Gold Rush 206, Howell: California 50:441, Howes D488
Scarce With Very Nice Custom Presentation Case