JOHNSTON, William. G.
Experiences of a Forty-Niner...A Member of the Wagon Train First to Enter California in the Memorable Year 1849
Pittsburgh: 1892. 390pp. plus plates and folding blueprint map, laid in.
Original gilt cloth.
With the blueprint map: from an edition limited to fifty copies.
This copy contains the scarce folding blueprint map, showing the route of the forty-niners from Independence, Missouri to Sacramento, California, and the political subdivisions of the West in the mid-19th century. This is one of the most important and readable of all the forty-niner overland narratives. Jim Stewart served as the guide for the author's party. They left Independence in April and travelled through Fort Bridger and Salt Lake City, arriving in Sacramento in late July. Johnston gives an excellent account of his life in the mines, early Sacramento, and San Francisco, and of his return journey by sea. This work is high on the list of desirable post-Wagner-Camp overland narratives.
Howes J173, "b"; Streeter Sale 3198; Graff 2229; Mintz 261; Mattes 511; Cowan, p.316; Wheat Gold Rush 113; Kurutz 364a; Howell 50:556; Eberstadt Modern Overlands 25.