Boston, 1871. 359pp. Original cloth(some wear to edges and front joint; a few nicks at corners and at top of spine). First edition. Howes P.290: "Only a few copies had been issued when fire destroyed the plates." Cowan p.482: "The author, William D. Phelps, came to California in 1840, as master of the Boston ship 'Alert.' He was actively engaged in the 'Commodore Jones war,' as he calls it, and his various narratives are of much importance, although occasionally presenting minor inaccuracies. His chapter on 'The Hudson's Bay Company' is one of the few sources of information regarding the operations of this great corporation in California." Graff 3271. It is interesting to note that Phelps' vessel, the Alert, was the ship aboard which Dana, on a previous voyage, had served part of his "two years before the mast." Among the more important episodes dealt with are the Bear Flag Revolution, the Fremont-Castro clash, the conquest of California, etc.
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