Up and Down California in 1860-1864: The Journal of William H. Brewer

Up and Down California in 1860-1864: The Journal of William H. Brewer


By (author) William H. Brewer, Edited by Francis P. Farquhar, Foreword by William Bright

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Paperback | 628 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 221mm x 43mm | 885g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520238656
  • ISBN 13: 9780520238657
  • Edition: 4, Revised
  • Edition statement: 4th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 30 b/w illustrations, 4 maps

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In 1860 William Brewer, a young Yale-educated teacher of the natural sciences and a recent widower, eagerly accepted an offer from Josiah Whitney to assist in the first geological survey of the state of California. Brewer was not a geologist, but his training in agriculture and botany made him an invaluable member of the team. He traveled more than fourteen thousand miles in the four years he spent in California and spent much of his leisure time writing lively, detailed letters to his brother back East. These warmly affectionate letters, presented here in their entirety, describe the new state in all its spectacular beauty and paint a vivid picture of California in the mid-nineteenth century. This fourth edition includes a new foreword by William Bright (1500 California Place Names) and a set of maps tracing Brewer's route.

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"Like a trip in a time machine--intimate, vivid, and full of adventure and discoveries."--Tom Stienstra, "San Francisco Chronicle"