Northern California, Oregon and the Sandwich Islands. Charles Nordhoff.
Northern California, Oregon and the Sandwich Islands
Northern California, Oregon and the Sandwich Islands
Northern California, Oregon and the Sandwich Islands

Northern California, Oregon and the Sandwich Islands

New York: Harper and Brothers, 1877. Hardcover. Northern California, Oregon and the Sandwich Islands Charles Nordhoff Published by Harper & Brothers, New York (1877) Harper, New York, 1874. Hardcover. Western Americana; travel; 256p.; 23cm; brown cloth, black and gilt decoration; frontice map; and many illustrations in text all listed on pgs. 12-15; A great copy in very good condition minor shelf wear to head and tail, nice sharp corners. A well-presented book with great plain and circumstantial detail for the traveler well written by a man who lived and knew the areas he writes about. Charles Nordhoff was born in London, England, on February 1, 1887, to American parents. His father was Walter Nordhoff, a wealthy businessman and author of The Journey of the Flame penned under the name "Antonio de Fierro Blanco". His mother, Sarah Cope Whitall, was of Pennsylvania Quaker stock. Nordhoff's parents returned to the United States with him in 1889, living first in Pennsylvania, then Rhode Island, and finally settling in California by 1898. Nordhoff worked for his father's businesses, first spending two years in Mexico managing a sugar plantation, then four years as an executive of a tile and brick company in Redlands, California. He quit in 1916, signed up with the Ambulance Corps, and traveled to France. There he joined other American expatriates as a pilot in the Lafayette Escadrille. He finished World War I as a lieutenant in the US Army Air Service. Nordhoff married a Tahitian woman, Christianne Vahine Tua Tearae Smidt, with whom he would have four daughters and two sons. He wrote novels on his own for ten years, of which The Derelict (1928) was considered his finest solo effort. Nordhoff and Hall continued to jointly write travel and adventure articles for The Atlantic during the 1920s and early 1930s. They also co-authored another memoir of World War I, Falcons of France (1929). It was Hall who suggested they work on the Bounty trilogy, Mutiny on the Bounty, Men Against the Sea and Pitcairn's Island. After The Bounty Trilogy, Nordhoff and Hall's most successful book was The Hurricane (1936). They continued their partnership writing novels until 1945. Nordhoff on his own would only produce one more solo book, In Yankee Windjammers (1940), a retelling of the ships, sailors, and way of life about which his grandfather had written. Nordhoff divorced his first wife in 1936, left Tahiti a few years later, and returned to California, where in 1941 he married Laura Grainger Whiley. During WWII, he had the honor of having a Liberty ship, SS Charles Nordhoff, built in Portland, Oregon in 1943, named after him. Good. Item #164

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