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McConkey, John Douglas, Rev.
FROM NEW YORK TO PORTLAND, OREGON, VIA STRAITS OF MAGELLAN, WITH A HISTORY OF THE VOYAGES, SCENES, PLACES, INCIDENTS AND NOTES OF THE JOURNEY [wrapper title]
Walla Walla, W.T.: Statesman" Book and Job Printing Office, 1879. 80pp. 16mo. Original printed pink wrappers. Minor edge wear and sunning to spine and edges of wrappers. Very clean internally. Very good. In a black half cloth and marbled boards folding case. An obscure Washington territorial imprint and early travel narrative with detailed descriptions of the Pacific Northwest. The author, Rev. John Douglas McConkey traveled from New York to Washington Territory on the steamer Oregon through the Straits of Magellan to San Francisco, then by steamer up the Columbia River, finishing his trip to Walla Walla by rail. McConkey provides important early descriptions of Walla Walla's natural scenery, business community, churches, agriculture, climate, indigenous peoples, and social environment in a town of 3,000 people. He also mentions that "Chinese wash-houses [are] innumerable" and that "Female help is hard to be obtained, and the consequence is Chinamen are employed to do the house work." McConkey is rather fond of the Columbia River, writing that "we hear much of the mighty Hudson, but it is an insignificant stream compared with the Columbia. If this river had country seats such as adorn the Hudson, it would be unequalled. Its scenery both in variety and picturesqueness far exceeds anything on the river." OCLC records are not definitive, as physical copies are mixed in with digital copies in the cited record, but the institutional population is very likely a dozen or fewer copies. Not in Graff, Howes, Smith, Soliday, Eberstadt, Decker, or Streeter. OCLC 17348965.
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [United States]
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