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James Douglas in California, 1841: Being the Journal of a Voyage from the Columbia to California.

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Author: Douglas, James [Dorothy B. Smith, Ed.].

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Reference #: 1775

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Scarce Numbered Edition in Full Leather


Vancouver: Library Press, 1965. Limited/Numbered. Octavo (25.5 cm). Full Leather. Fine. [xxvi] 56 +[3] pp.; ports. of Douglas and of Juan Batista Alvarado, 10th Governor of Alta California; Bibliography; #6 of a limited printing of 500 copies, after which the type was distributed. Whale cites only two issues: cloth and quarter leather. This copy is in full leather and is one of only 10 thus. Douglas's trip was on behalf of the Hudson's Bay Company, seeking fur trading rights in California.

This journal was cited in the 21st Volume of Bancroft's Collected Works, being Vol. IV of his History of California, at pp. 211-221. The journey itself was briefly mentioned in Ormsby (at p. 77), but unexplored is the degree to which this experience set, in part, the foundation of Douglas’s later fears as Governor of British Columbia of American encroachment into ‘his’ territory; which efforts went far beyond his relationship with the HBC and touched on issues of immigration, and restricted licensing of mining operations.

From the 'Note on the Text' at p.ix, "The present text is printed not from a transcript but from the original journal in the Provincial Archives of British Columbia." Two-colour title page with publisher's device; two-colour colophon. Goudy type set by hand. Errata slip laid in. Very light fading of spine; Fine overall. Uncommon other than in cloth; Scarce in full leather.

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