Seeing the Elephant. Letters of R. R. Taylor forty-niner

[TAYLOR, R. R.].
Los Angeles: Ward Ritchie Press, 1951.
One of 250 copies.
Quarto, original black cloth spine lettered in gilt over rust coloured boards pictorially stamped in black, top edges stained rust. Fine.


""In those pre-Republican days, the phrase 'Seeing the Elephant,' meant going through a trying and unpleasant experience and getting the best of it, or at least coming out alive. To 'see the elephant' was to graduate completely from the status of greenhorn. The forty-niners 'saw elephants' on the plains, at Panama, rounding the Horn, and needless to add, in the diggings."" -from the book.

Price: $100.00
SKU: 32709
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