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The desert of California...

Item # 692866

May 11, 1839

THE NEW-YORKER, New York, May 11, 1839  Inside has a report: "Desert of California". Keep in mind that California was part of Mexico at this time, so bits of the report include: "This immense plain, the existence of which was until very recently unknown, is situated in the central part of Upper or New California, in Mexico...Its area is equal to that of Virginia...this remarkable waste resembles the great Sahara of Africa. It presents little else than an arid surface broken at intervals by a few detached mountains..." with much more.
This was published by the famed Horace Greeley, begun some seven years before his more famous 'New York Tribune' which print its first issue. Although he would work at several newspapers prior to the 'New Yorker', this would be his first successful venture, eventually reaching a circulation of 9,000.
Long active in politics, Greeley served briefly as a congressman from New York and was the unsuccessful candidate of the new Liberal Republican Party in the 1872 presidential election against incumbent President Ulysses S. Grant.
Sixteen pages, 9 1/2 by 12 inches, very nice condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War