MANLY, William Lewis (1820-1903)

MANLY, William Lewis (1820-1903)

$850.00Price

San Jose: Pacific Tree and Vine Co., 1894, First Edition, 498 pages, Octavo: 7.75 inches by 5.25 inches, frontispiece portrait, plate on pages 202, 219 and 234 plus a few text  illustrations, original publisher’s ochre cloth, title and decorative bands in black on front board, rear board in blind, gilt titles to spine. Very clean floral patterned endpapers with no previous owner bookplate or writing. A scarce near Fine copy.   

 

  • Death Valley in ’49. Important Chapter of California Pioneer History. The Autobiography of a Pioneer, Detailing His life from a Humble Home in the Green Mountains to the Gold Mines of California; and Particularly Reciting the Sufferings of the Band of Men, Women, and Children Who Gave “Death Valley” Its Name.

     

    Manly, William Lewis (1820-1903)

     

       Historical Autobiography of a Pioneer who Helped Name Death Valley

     

    Dramatic recollection of a group of gold seekers taking a short cut leaving them hopelessly lost in the deserts of eastern California. Faced with certain death from thirst, starvation, and exposure, Manly and John R. Rogers made the very difficult decision to leave the group behind and set up on foot to find help and supplies. They made it out through the desert valley and over the mountains to Los Angeles. Showing unmatched determination and self-sacrifice, they trudged back across the same hellish terrain bringing refilef to barely alive men, women and children.

     

    Manly concluded this harrowing part of his book with the following: “Just as we were ready to leave and return to camp we took off our hats, and then overlooking the scene of so much trial, suffering and death spoke the uppermost saying, “Goodbye, Death Valley!” Manly’s powerful narrative was written some 45 years later. His recollection of the trail and hardships were captured in his diary and in 1853 he wrote his parents a three hundred page letter describing the awful journey. At the ripe age of 73 Manly’s account was published into book form and received a favorable review by Charles F. Lummis’s Land of Sunshine. Despite its mis-spellings and incompetent printing job the books historical significance still shines through.

     

    San Jose: Pacific Tree and Vine Co., 1894, First Edition, 498 pages, Octavo: 7.75 inches by 5.25 inches, frontispiece portrait, plate on pages 202, 219 and 234 plus a few text  illustrations, original publisher’s ochre cloth, title and decorative bands in black on front board, rear board in blind, gilt titles to spine. Very clean floral patterned endpapers with no previous owner bookplate or writing. A scarce near Fine copy.   

     

    Dorothy Sloan: Volkmann

     

    Zamorano 80-51

     

    $850

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