ASA BEMENT CLARKE. Travels in Mexico and Travels in Mexico and California: Comprising a Journal of a Tour from Brazos Santiago, through Central Mexico, by Way of Monterey, Chihuahua, the Country of the Apaches, and the River Gila, to the Mining Districts of California. By A. B. Clarke.
Boston: | Wright & Hasty, Printers, | No. 3. Water Street. | 1852.
COLLATION: consisting of:  title,  copyright,  note,  blank,  6-138 text, [139-144] blank. 7¼ x 4¾ in. Pages are browned.
BINDING: Original blind-stamped cloth over boards. Backstrip: gold-stamped title and ornamentation. Binding shows mild wear. Endpapers show browning. Front free endpaper: Virginia M. Clarke | Independence | Iowa. Dec. 25th 1861. Rear pastedown: “authors own copy” in pencil.
REFERENCES: Cowan I, p. 48; Cowan II, p. 128; Graff 746; Howes C-451; Kurutz 138a; Norris 796; Sabin 13393; Streeter 3169; Wagner-Camp-Becker 210
Clarke, a native of Conway, Massachusetts, sailed from New York on January 29, 1849, as a member of the Hampden Mining Company. By August 2, the New Englander labored in the Tuolumne Diggings. He spent the winter of 1849 and 1850 in San Francisco and, in the summer of 1850, worked on the Yuba River. Only the last five pages of his account describe life in the mines. According to the author: "After spending a considerable portion of 1850 in Mercantile Business in Sacramento and Marysville, I arrived home in March, 1851."
Wagner and other bibliographies call for this to be bound in wrappers. A note laid into the McClatchy copy states: This copy is evidently one of a few copies bound for the author’s own use. That it was the author’s own copy is almost beyond doubt.” The inscription of Virginia M. Clarke on the flyleaf supports this as she was the daughter of A. B. Clarke. The note further states: “Mr. [Henry R.] Wagner says this is the only copy with cloth binding he has ever seen.” Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $25.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.
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