San Francisco: California Historical Society, 1945. First Edition. Hardcover. Quarto; xxii, 112pp.; folding map of the Route of John Work's Expedition to California in 1832-1833, several full-page photographic plates, including frontis of Work in middle age. One of 500 copies printed by Lawton and Alfred Kennedy at The Wesgate Press, bound in brown buckram with printed paper labels to front board and spine. A Near Fine copy (handsome bookplate to front pastedown, occasional light foxing). CHS Special Publication Number 19. Item #18567
John Work (c. 1792 – 1861) was a Chief Factor of the Hudson's Bay Company and head of one of the original founding families in Victoria, British Columbia. He joined the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1814 and served in many capacities until his death in 1861. Work left an important legacy in the form of sixteen journals which chronicle his trading expeditions from 1823 to 1851. His journals provide a detailed record of Pacific Northwest land features, native peoples, and the Hudson’s Bay Company’s fur trading business in the early 19th century. This title reproduces the original journal of his California Expedition, 1832-1833, travelling as far south as San Francisco Bay, through Sonoma, Fort Ross, along the Sacramento River, etc.