NY: Dix, Edwards & Co, 1856. First edition. Hardcover. Original brown ribbed cloth, small octavo (5 x 7.5 inches), pp xiv, 508 + 8 pp publisher catalogue (dated September 1, 1856) at rear. Near very good, text clean and tight, but chipping to cloth at spine ends, wear to corners, old owner name to front free endpaper, old ink note penned to blank portion of page 333, bottom third of rear free endpaper torn away. Good. Item #20520
"During her three years as matron of the Female Prison at Sing Sing, 1844-1848, Eliza Burhans Farnham (1815-1864 ) tried to institute reforms based on phrenology. Discharged from the post, she soon learned that her lawyer-husband had died in California, leaving her with affairs to settle there. Farnham set about organizing a pioneer party of single, educated women to join her in the voyage round the Horn. California, in-doors and out (1856) opens with a description of her harrowing voyage round the Horn in 1849. In 1850 Farnham and her children moved to El Rancho La Libertad, the Santa Cruz farm left to her by her husband. She describes her experiences as a farmer, the position of women in California, mining life, the history of the Donner Expedition based on interviews with survivors, and the 1856 San Francisco Vigilance Committee". (from Library of Congress "American Memory" website. Cowan page 203, Sabin 23861.