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History of Oregon, Volume I. 1834-1848 and Volume II. 1848-1888 – Two Volumes Complete
Author: Bancroft, Hubert Howe
Reference #: 1704
Status: For Sale
List Price: $120.00
Volumes XXIX and XXX of The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft. Originally published in 1890 (San Francisco), this reprint by Arno Press (1967) in cooperation with McGraw-Hill, New York, Toronto, London, Sydney. Black cloth issued without dj; spine titles bright. Condition: Volume I; pp. [xxxix], [1, fold-out map] + 789; unmarked in tight binding; Volume 2: small previous owner name stamp on ffep and thinly-folded fore-edge of two leaves, (pp. 589-592), Else Fine. [xv] + 808 pp., the Index spanning pp. 767-808. Uncommon as a set in this edition, and in such condition. [cf. Smith 513]
Of the complete set of 39 volumes, Howes notes: “Colossal co-operative undertaking; nothing approaching it has ever been attempted in this country.”
The first book begins with a description of life in Oregon in 1834, and of life at Fort Vancouver in particular from 1825-1846. The impact of religious missions (Roman Catholic, Presbyterian and Methodist) are treated in separate chapters, as well as the Whitman Massacre of 1847, the Immigration of 1843, and the ongoing relationship of Oregon before Congress.
The second volume begins with the condition of the settlers and the resources of the area as at 1848 but moves quickly to an assessment of the effect over the ensuing year of the California Gold Discovery. The discovery of gold in Oregon is treated in Chapter VI. In depth research attested by extensive footnotes follows the political, economic and resource development of the State, with much material on the “Indian Wars”..
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