Sacramento: A.J. Johnston & Co., 1890.
First separate edition. 6.5" x 4.75", 47 pp, in original printed wrappers. Small chip at upper corner of front wrapper, some loss to backstrip, else fine. Originally published serially in the 1860s, in the California magazine Themis, Edwards' diary describes the first recorded cattle drive in California and offers an important view of California over a decade before the gold rush. Graff 1216: "Edwards tells the story of the company of about 15 men who left the Wilamette Valley in Oregon to drive a herd of cattle from California to the American Missionary Establishment in Oregon. The diary ends four days after they crossed the Shasta Rviver on the return trip." Howell (50: 477) says "his account of the six months spent in the Bay Area is among the most important early descriptions of pastoral California" and Reese (Six-Score 36) notes that "aside from its cattle interest ... the book is also a California and fur item." Herd 747 ("This rare little booklet is written in the form of a diary and contains details of the earliest cattle drive"); Cowan p.192; Howes E-66; Streeter Sale V, 3008.