Caroline M. Churchill (1833-1926).
Title Over the Purple Hills, or Sketches of Travel in California, Embracing all the Important Points Usually Visited by Tourists.
Book Condition Collectible: Good
Edition Later Edition
Publisher Denver, CO: Mrs. C. M. Churchill, Publisher, 1884
Seller ID EE516-044
LATER EDITION, first edition 1881. 12mo. 6 3/8 x 4 3/4 inches. 336 pp. Frontispiece portrait of Mrs. Churchill, chapter head-pieces and tail-pieces; text clean, unmarked. Black and blind-stamped brown cloth; binding square and tight, rubbed and freckled. Good. Caroline Churchill first traveled to California from Chicago in 1870. "Over the Purple Hills" continues her tales of California begun in her book "Little Sheaves" (1874). Churchill reveals a sharp eye for matters of interest to women and tourists. Traveling throughout the Golden State by rail, the author visits San Francisco, Bartlett's Springs, Stockton, Napa, Lake Tahoe, and includes 6 chapters on the Yosemite Valley. In addition to her work as a travel writer, the Canadian-born Churchill was a newspaper editor, best-known as the editor of the "Queen Bee," a feminist publication prominent during the Colorado Suffrage Movement. Her travel writings promoted female independence in the post Civil War West. REFERENCE: Cowan and Cowan, A Bibliography of the History of California, p. 124 (this edition).
Caroline M. Churchill, Over the Purple Hills or Sketches of Travel in California,