Glendale, CA: Arthur H Clark Company, 1931 - 1943. First Edition. Unique Provenance: This specific series set came from the James S. Copley Rare Book Collection. Copley (1917-1973) was a journalist, newspaper chief and bibliophile. As publisher of the San Diego Union Tribune from 1947 until his death, he promoted an "unabashedly conservative, Republican and pro-American" proponent. Additionally, he was the sole stockholder of the Copley Press, Inc. and cozy supporter of many Republican candidates, especially Richard Nixon. Copleys personal Ex-Libris bookplate is affixed to all of the front endpapers
Very attractive set of this important historical record. Gilt top edge with uncut fore and bottom edges. Each set has small hand written "Set 979" in pencil at the bottom right corner of each ffep. Red cloth of various shades with mostly still brilliant gilt titling on spine. As this series was published over 12 years, the shades of available cloth varied. This is the first major series published after the company's move to Glendale, CA. Bieber of Washington University was editor of the first eight volumes. However his "inordinate concern for details" led to missing too many deadlines. This required Clark to contract Hafen, Historian of Colorado, to finish the series.
Vol I, "Adventures in the Santa Fe Trade", Vol II, "Frontier Life in the Army, 1854-1861", Vol III, "Journal of a Soldier Under Kearny and Doniphan", Vol IV, "Marching With the Army of the West", Vol V, "Southern Trails to California in 1849", Vol VI, "Wah-To-Yah and the Taos Trail", Vol VII, "Exploring Southwestern Trails", Vol VIII, "Historic Sketches of the Cattle Trade of The West and Southwest", Vol IX, "Pike's Peak Gold Rush Guidebooks of 1859", Vol X, "Colorado Gold Rush: Contemporary Letters and Reports", Vol XI, Overland Routes to the Gold Fields", Vol XII, The Southwest Historical Series: Historic documents, hitherto unpublished or inaccessible, depicting social and economic conditions in the Southwest during the Nineteenth Century" Fine. Item #1211