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1 Stephens, L. Dow. Life Sketches of a Jayhawker of '49. Actual Experiences of a Pioneer Told by Himself in His Own Way.
No Place [San Jose]: By the author, 1916. First Edition. Very near fine condition. 
68 pp.; 8vo; original stapled brown wrappers with title stamped in gilt on front cover; 6 plates including protrait photos, reproductions. Only 300 copies were printed, [Howes 557:941; Cowan II, 613; Adams, Six-Guns, 2136]. Nick to yapp edge at top of spine; maybe a touch of fading. A clean, crisp copy.

Stephens joined an Illinois company that left for California on March 28, 1849. The company traveled to Fort Laramie, South Pass, Fort Bridger, and Salt Lake City before veering off to the Southern Route and Death Valley. Surviving this ordeal, he followed the coast from Los Angeles to San Jose and then to the diggings on the Merced River.With the beginning of the rainy season in the fall of 1850, Stephens took up farming and freighting. A restless type, he joined the mining rushes in British Columbia in 1862 and the Klondike in 1898" [Kurutz]. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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