New York: Harper and Brothers, 1859.
First Edition. pp xiii, 340, with illustrations, folding map. Original brown cloth with blind-stamped decoration, re-backed with spine laid down. Very good.
This practical guide for overland travelers to California and other western destinations was a nineteenth-century bestseller. Marcy provides advice on selection of route, preparation of a wagon, supplies and packing, finding and purifying water, fording rivers, herding and guarding pack animals, making fires and smoke signals, drying meat, dealing with friendly and hostile Indians, and pretty much everything else a traveler might need to know. Howes M-279.