1879. Truckee, CA: Crowley & McGlashan, 1879.
8vo, 193pp. Original brown cloth stamped in blind, gilt backstrip, a very fine copy almost as new. Enclosed in a quarter red calf slipcase.
§ First edition. "McGlashan was born in Wisconsin and was only two years old when his family came to California, making him a contemporary in age and experience with the younger children in the Donner party. He settled in Truckee, California, in 1871 where he became an attorney, a publisher, writer and an inventor. His book was by far the most informed account of its time of the Donner Party. It was the first serious attempt to consult authoritative sources, weigh evidence, collect detached episodes into an organized whole, and extend the story of the Donner Party from a sensational incident to an important chapter in California history. Howes M102. Zamorano Eighty #53. Graff 2610. Cowan p. 406. This first edition was followed in 1880 by an edition published by A.L. Bancroft in San Francisco, in which McGlashan deleted or revised passages that disturbed Donner Party survivors." (Reese Co.). Item #123034