Humboldt, California

J. B. Lippincott, 1853. First Edition. Print. Item #290019

George Gibbs traveled to northwestern California in 1851 on an expedition to negotiate treaties with Indian tribes along the rapidly developing Pacific Coast. He arrived in Humboldt County on September 9 and stayed several weeks. He sketched two canoes on Humboldt Bay, with the settlement called Humboldt (just north of present-day King Salmon) visible in the background. This scene was sketched by Gibbs, then redrawn by the artist Seth Eastman for inclusion in Henry Rowe Schoolcraft's Historical and Statistical Information Regarding the History, Conditions, and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1853]. First edition (first printing). A near fine copy, oblong format, 9 x 11.75 inches. Slight foxing to margins. Settlement was called Humboldt City and was one of the earliest pioneer settlements on the bay.

Price: $85.00