Philadelphia: Printed by William Duane, No. 106, Market Street, 1803. Softcover. Very good. 50 pp, with one folding chart. Disbound. Paper lightly toned, partially unopened. One of several 1803 editions of the first official description of the newly acquired Louisiana Territory, transmitted to Congress by Thomas Jefferson on November 15th of that year. The unidentified compiler describes the area of Louisiana adjacent to New Orleans and then "escorts the reader on a tour up the Mississippi, noting each settlement in turn" (Wagner-Camp 2b:8), and proceeding onward along the Missouri. Information is given about the geography, laws, and resources of the region, and about many of the native tribes, including the Osages, Otos, Panis, Mahas, Poncas, Aricaras, and Mandans. The Streeter catalogue (III, 1576) states that "much of the information for this early account of the Louisiana Purchase was furnished by John Sibley of Natchitoches, Louisiana." Howes (L-493) also credits Sibley (1757-1837), a physician who moved to Natchitoches in 1802, traveled up the Red River in early 1803, and who later served as Indian agent for the Orleans Territory. Sabin 42177.
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Sacramento: A.J. Johnston & Co., 1890. First separate edition. 6.5" x 4.75", 47 pp, in original printed wrappers. Small chip at upper corner of front wrapper, some loss to backstrip, else fine. Originally published serially in the 1860s, in the California magazine Themis, Edwards' diary describes the first recorded cattle drive in California and offers valuable description of California over a decade before the gold rush. "The Willamette Cattle Company was the first cooperative venture among the Oregon settlers from the United States. In 1835, President Andrew Jackson sent William Slacum, a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, to report on the situation in Oregon. When Slacum discovered that the Hudson’s Bay Company held a monopoly on cattle in Oregon, he persuaded the American settlers to unite to buy cattle in California and bring them back to Oregon. In January 1837 the Willamette Cattle Company was formed for this purpose. That same year some 600 head of cattle were brought back to Oregon. The success of this venture gave American settlers a growing sense of independence from the Hudson’s Bay Company. The author, who served as Treasurer of the Willamette Cattle Company, originally came to Oregon in 1833 with Captain Wyeth’s party. Edwards arrived in San Francisco on February 29, 1837. This day-by-day narrative ends on September 18, somewhere near Mt. Shasta, as the company attempts to reach the Willamette Valley. Edwards’s account of the six months spent in the Bay Area is among the most important early descriptions of pastoral California" (Dorothy Sloan, catalogue for Auction 15, Fine Collection of Californiana Formed by Daniel G. Volkmann Jr. Graff 1216; Reese (Six-Score 36, noting that "aside from its cattle interest ... the book is also a California and fur item"); Herd 747 ("This rare little booklet is written in the form of a diary and contains details of the earliest cattle drive"); Cowan p.192; Howes E-66; Streeter Sale V, 3008.
Washington: Gales & Seaton, 1828. House Document 277, 20th Congress, 1st Session. 19 pp, disbound. Light toning; very good. Includes correspondence from Lewis Cass, Thomas McKenney, and Joseph M. Street relating to the Winnebago uprising of 1827 and the probability of further violence between Indians and settlers in the Upper Mississippi region. McKenney asserts that the violence (an attack on civilians by a small faction of the Winnebago tribe in response to encroachment upon their land by miners) was not part of any larger movement by the Indians, and that the incident "may serve to shew that a few Indian outrages may be committed without impying the necessary existence of a plan of a more general and destructive nature....In my opinion there are no more Pontiacs of Tecumthes to form and lead on confederated bands; and that, for the future, all that our frontier citizens may have to apprehend will be an occasional irruption like the present and the destruction of a few lives, and even these will likely be limited...." His opinion was not widely held, however, and the conflict was used by supporters of Indian Removal as further evidence that Americans and Indians could not live peaceably together. Sabin 34482; Whitney, Illinois Bibliography, 725.
Washington: 1848. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. 30th Congress, 1st Session. Senate Executive Document 33. 447 p, bound in recent three-quarter leather and marbled boards. Fine. In mid-June 1846, Fremont helped to instigate the Bear Flag Revolt against Mexican authorities by American settlers in California's Sacramento Valley. Fremont's commanding officer, Brigadier General S.W. Kearney, ordered Fremont to cease his activities, but Fremont refused and was promptly court-martialed. In his defense, Fremont claimed that he had launched the revolt upon discovering that Mexico was on the eve of transferring California to England. The trial lasted from November 1847 to January 1848. Fremont was found guilty of mutiny and other charges, and sentenced to dismissal from the service. Cowan 91: "The charges were mutiny, disobedience of the lawful commands of his superior officer, and conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline....He was found guilty, and the sentence was dismissal. President Polk accepted the findings (except that relating to mutiny), but remitted the penalty, ordering Fremont to retain his sword and report for duty. Fremont, however, refused to accept the executive clemency and resigned." Decker 24: 122: “Fremont’s court-martial was the outcome of his refusal to recognize the authority of Gen. Kearney during the military conquest of California.” This was one of the most celebrated trials of the era, in part because Fremont's father-in-law, Senator T.H. Benton, threw himself with indiscreet energy into the quarrel. A few years later Fremont would be the first candidate for President nominated by the newly-formed Republican Party. Howes F369. Graff 1432. Sabin 25840. Cowan p.91.
Washington: Gales & Seaton, 1828. First Edition. Softcover. very good. Document No. 199, 20th Congress, 1st Session, House of Representatives. 77 pp, disbound. Creasing near spine, first gathering loosening, otherwise very good. Howes M-552; Sabin 48095. Contains correspondence between Henry Clay (as Secretary of State) and Albert Gallatin (as American ambassador to England) relating to the claims of the United Statea and Great Britain to the Oregon Country. Also includes the text of a "Draft of Convention Between Great Britain and the United States, Proposed by the British Plenipotentiaries" from 1818; and the "American Counter-statement annexed to the Protocol of the seventh Conference" from 1826, and extracts from related statements on the boundary dispute issued at conferences between American and British Plenipotentiaries in 1827.
Paris: Dentu, 1802. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. 8vo, pp. viii, 382, with folding map. Recent three-quarter leather and marbled boards, with new endpapers. Light foxing to map, else fine. Rather than a travel narrative, this work contains a somewhat disorganized assemblage of historical and political information and commentary. Streeter (1571) describes it as a "history of the French occupation of Louisiana with observations on the form of government, on Negro slavery and other general topics, with notes on the Indian tribes." Field says the work "is principally notable for "Two Vocabularies of the Savages," the Naoudoouessis and the Chipouais." Clark (II:76) suggests that the book may have been "written in a hurry when [Baudry] heard that Louisiana was returning to France to (1) assert the importance of that colony and (2) set down his thoughts on colonial administration in general, some of which are not bad, and on the development of Louisiana in particular. He mixes in a vast amount of extraneous material on the Indians (mostly non-Louisiana Indians), some history, and lists of fauna, flora, products, and insupportable generalizations (as a fair example, the air of New Orleans is salubrious, the women are moral, pink of cheek, and white of tooth)." The map, titled "Louisiane et Pays Voisins, d'Apres les Relations et les Cartes les Plus Recentes," shows most of what is now the United States, including early settlements on the Gulf Coast west of New Orleans and many native American villages and settlements. Wagner-Camp 1a; Howes B-234; Sabin 3979.
Report 213, 19th Congress, 1st Session. 22 pp, in an attractive modern binding of three-quarter leather and marbled boards, with gilt spine lettering. Light foxing and toning; very good. Congressman Baylies reviews various explorations of the northwest, including an apparently spurious one, in an effort to support the United States' claim to the Oregon Territory. Streeter (3339): "This pamphlet, after devoting a couple of pages to a report of a party in which Samuel Adams Ruddock was a member, that claimed to have made the overland journey from Council Bluffs to the mouth of the Columbia in 1821, reviews the various past explorations of the northwest coast, including those of Francis Drake, Captain Cook, and Lewis and Clark. On the basis of these accounts, it claims the 49th parallel and the Strait de Juan de Fuca as our boundary." As for the information received from Ruddock, Wagner-Camp (31) explains that "Ruddock claimed to be a member of a trading party that supposedly traveled up the north bank of the Platte River, crossing below the forks on May 26, and thence southwest 410 miles to Santa Fe, [before heading northwest and eventually reaching] "the Multnomah of Lewis and Clarke. They then followed the course of this river to its junction with the Columbia and reached the mouth of the Columbia on the first day of August, completing the journey from the Council Bluffs in seventy-five days. To reach the shores of the Pacific in seventy-five days from the Missouri River by way of Santa Fe would have been a remarkable feat, if it had happened. Unfortunately, however, no corroborative evidence has every been advanced to confirm Ruddock's fanciful story." Baylies concludes his report with a warning: "The indifference of the America stimulates the cupidity of Great Britain. Our neglect daily weakens our own claim, and strengthens hers; and the day will soon arrive, when her title to this Territory will be better than our, unless ours is earnestly and speedily enforced." Howes B-263; Sabin 4067.
Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1930. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. 259 pp, with illustrations, 9 maps (some folding), bound in original green cloth. Slight mottling to cloth (less evident in person than it appears in our scan), else fine. Jenkins (Basic Texas Books #15) says "this monograph remains one of the best scholarly studies of the German migration into Texas." Based on extensive primary source research, Biesele's study describes the conditions in nineteenth-century Germany that led many to consider emigration, the formation of the influential Verein zum Schutze Deutscher Einwanderer in Texas (Society for the Protection of German Immigrants to Texas), the emigration of thousands of middle-class Germans to Texas, and their social, economic, and political participation their adopted homeland.
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1856. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 8vo, 537 pp, with 12 plates, bound in three-quarter red morocco and marbled boards, with marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, and ribbon bookmark bound in. Very light scattered foxing, a few pages with finger smudges, but generally very clean and sound. Very good. Beckwourth was a mixed-race fur trader and explorer who was born into slavery in Virginia around 1800. After being freed by his white father, he headed west, and in 1824 he joined General William Ashley's Rocky Mountain Fur Company. The following year, he began living with a band of Crow Indians, with whom he remained for nearly a decade. Wagner-Camp 272: "After many years in the Rockies as a mountain man, Beckwourth journeyed west from New Mexico to California, arriving in 1844. Two years later, he came back to New Mexico with a drove of stolen horses. He returned to California, discovered the pass through the Sierra Nevada that still bears his name, and operated a hotel and trading post in Beckwourth Valley. Sometime after 1858 he returned to his old life in the Rockies....The Reader's Encyclopedia of the West finds the basic narrative to be true, and the story told in the spirit of a raconteur, with a permissable tale spinner's license." Field 149; Rader 322; Smith 695, Graff 347 ("a classic of pioneer days in the West").
Paris: Chez le Jay, 1786. Second edition, two parts in one. 12mo, pp xx, 244, , 264 pp, with with four engraved plates after designs by Gabriel de Saint-Aubin. Fine copy in a later full-calf binding with red spine label. Jean Bernard Bossu was a French naturalist who traveled widely in the then-vast territory of Louisiana during several trips made between 1751 and 1772. According to Howgego (B138), "Bossu went out to Louisiana in 1850 as a captain of the marines, and from 1751 was stationed in the Illinois country where he was adopted by the Quapaw Indians. He returned to France for health reasons in 1757, and in 1758 sailed for Mobile, where he was befriended by the Alibamu Indians. The second journey was made in 1758-62, and the last in 1771-72. His journeys included a number of trips into the interior, during which he made a study of [several tribes of] Indians. Bossu's Nouveaux Voyages aux Indes Occidentales appeared in three editions, each enlarged to take account of this latest travels. His second narrative, published in 1768, comprises a series of twenty-one letters...describing his life in the travels in Louisiana country from 1751-1762." Streeter (1518): "Bossu wrote well and his letters not only give an interesting picture of life and travels in the Mississippi Valley and the Mobile country to the east at the beginning of the second half of the eighteenth century, but incorporated also are many sketches of events of the preceding years. Bossu came to New Orleans only thirty-three years or so after its founding and only eighty years after La Salle’s journey down the Mississippi, and first and second hand recollections were still fresh." Sabin 6465; Howes B-626; Field pp 38-39; Graff 361; Hubach p. 13.
New York: Francis P. Harper, 1902. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Three volumes in original green cloth, 1029 pages in total, complete with folding map in rear pocket of Volume III. A very good set with some insect nibbling to cloth, corners lightly rubbed, a few penciled noted on rear pastedowns. A highly respected and comprehensive study of the American fur trade. Beginning with a brief overview of the origins of the fur trade in eastern North America, it provides a detailed description and analysis of the major fur-trading companies operating west of the Mississippi River, other than those in Southwest. "Chittenden, a conscientious historian, went to the sources to ground his massive work. He located in private hands the papers of the great St. Louis fur-trading families of the Chouteaus and Sublettes. He interviewed, consulted newspapers, visited document repositories in St. Louis and throughout the West, and corresponded with experienced historians. The American Fur Trade remains the standard overview and has never been imitated" (ANB). Howes C-390, Rittenhouse 112; Streeter Sale 3206; Graff 696; Rader 770; Smith 1721.
New York: Francis P. Harper, 1903. First Edition. Two volumes in original blue cloth, pp xiv, 248; -461, with illustrations and a map. Edition limited to 950 sets. Rubbing to spine ends, lower front corner of Volume II, bumped, else about fine. Howes C-391. A well-regarded scholarly biography of steamboat captain Joseph LaBarge (1815-1899), who piloted the "Yellowstone" and "Emilie" on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, transporting fur traders, miners, goods and supplies.
Chicago: W.E. Dibble, 1890. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. 9" x 6", 472 pp, in original brown cloth decorated in black and gilt. Slight wear to spine ends, reinforcement to front hinge, else fine. Richens Lacy "Dick" Wootton (1816-1893) was a Virginia-born frontiersman who spent most of his adult life in Colorado, working as a hunter, trader, and guide. He traded among the Ute, Cheyenne, Sioux, Arapaho, and Comanche Indians and traveled extensively in the Rocky Mountains, and also as far west as Washington and southwest to California and Arizona. Rittenhouse 121: Wootton made his first trip over the Santa Fe Trail in 1836 and spent years in the Far West. In 1856 he hauled government freight on the trail. In 1866 he secured a charter and built a toll road through Raton Pass, operating it until the railroad came in 1878. His account contains many tales and description of wagons, techniques, and personalities." Howes C-659; Graff 846; Rader 881; Streeter Sale 3088.
Louisville: Hull & Brother, 1854. Hardcover. Good. Second edition (first issued in 1852 in an edition of 250 copies). 312 pp. in original blindstamped blue cloth, complete with three battle maps and a plate showing the death of Davy Crockett (not present in the first edition). Good only: early owner's name in red pencil on title page, rear free endpaper missing, wear to edges and head of spine, dampstaining visible on rear board, endpapers, and plates. Binding sound, text generally clean. Clark, Old South III: 298: “The preface states that the compiler, Cara Cardelle, pseudonym for Emmaretta C. Kimball, chanced to find among a friend’s papers a large stack of Texas letters with much information on the events of Texas history from 1819-1852. The letters were written by William B. DeWees to a friend in Kentucky....Although more of a history than a travel work, the thirty-one letters, written over a period of about thirty-three years, are unembellished pictures of the journey to Texas, personal incidents, and facts and events in Texas development.” Eberstadt (110: 252) describes the work as " a valuable first hand source book for the early days of Texas and the Southwest," noting that it includes description of a journey from Nashville to Arkansas in 1919, a buffalo hunt, a "trip to Nacogdoches and through the Caddo country; journey to San Antonio; the Toncoway Indians; capture and imprisonment of Stephen F. Austin; sufferings of the Texas settlers; with a history of their settlements; manners and customs; the Alamo; the Santa Fe Expedition; massacre of Dawson’s men; Indian depredations; the Cherokee War; Battle of Plum Creek, etc." Field 422, Rader 1131, Herd 671, Howes D-299.
London: Geo. Goulding, 1789. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. large 4to, xxix, 360, 47 pp + 17 engraved plates, 5 folding maps and charts. Contemporary calf boards (rubbed through at corners), rebacked with new spine, original marbled endpapers retained. Armorial bookplate of John Bridge on front pastedown, Bridge's name and 1827 date written at head of title page, along with "This book belonged to H.R.H. the Duke of York." We believe this is the John Bridge of the firm Rundell and Bridge, jewelers to the royal family. A few plates and one chart with foxing, but overall a very clean copy. Hill 117: "Dixon’s voyage is important as a supplement to Captain Cook and for its contributions to the natural history of the Pacific Northwest. The purpose of the expedition was to establish a trade in furs in North America, but the itinerary also included the Isle of Guernsey, Cape Verde Islands, Falkland Islands, Cape Horn, Sandwich Islands (three times), Cook’s River, King George’s Sound, Prince William Sound, Macao, Canton, and St. Helena. The voyage was sent out by the King George's Sound Company, which owned both the King George, commanded by expedition leader Nathaniel Portlock, as well as the Queen Charlotte. The two ships sailed independently of one another for part of the expedition. Both Portlock and Dixon had served on Cook's third voyage. The work previously done by Cook along the northwest coast of America was mapped more definitely by Dixon, who discovered the Queen Charlotte Islands, Port Mulgrave, Norfolk Bay, and Dixon Entrance and Archipelago while continuing down the coast and trading with the Indians. The accounts of this expedition relate largely to the geography, ethnology, and natural history of the American coast from Nootka Sound northwest." Streeter Sale VI 3484, Howes D-365, Wickersham 6574, Sabin 20364, Smith 779, Lada -Mocarski 43.
London: Royal Geographical Society, 1843. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine. First appearance of two important articles on Texas extracted from Volume XIII, Part 2 of the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society. 8vo, pp 199-226 and 226-244, bound in recent quarter cloth and marbled boards. Fine. Falconer's Journey through Texas and New Mexico (pp. 199-226) describes his travels from Galveston to San Antonio and then to Austin in 1841. This is followed by his account of the Texas Santa Fe Expedition, which, according to Streeter (1496, referencing the 1843 offprint of Falconer's article), differs somewhat from the account he published in New Orleans in 1842. In the last four pages, Falconer argues that Texas was not part of Louisiana when it was ceded by Spain to France. In Notes on the Coast Region of the Texas Territory, Bollaert -- an English chemist, geographer, and ethnologist -- offers observations on the winds affecting the coastal geography of Texas, discusses the errors present in many of the maps and charts of the coast, and reports on what he saw during several excursions made from Galveston and Houston between April and June, 1842. On one excursion, noting good pastures and an abundance of fish and wild game, he comments: "I could hardly help imagining when standing on this primeval land--not a dwelling yet to be seen--that the shores of these bays would in time be crowded with habitations; that these waters would afford the easy means of conveyance for the products of these countries to other lands, and in return import from other realms." He also comments on existing settlements, the native tribes, river trade, agriculture, and natural resources, and includes statistics on exports and imports at the Port of Galveston. To the best of our knowledge, Bollaert's interesting article has never been reprinted.
[Washington]: 1826. Senate document 58, 9th Congress, 1st Session. 12 pp. Disbound, laid into a cloth folder. Early ownership signature at head of first page, light foxing; very good. Missouri Senator Thomas Benton was a dedicated advocate for westward expansion who consistently promoted the interests of the fur trade. Here he presents reports and correspondence highlighting problems with the current laws regulating the fur trade, particularly traders' relations with the Indians, and offering opinions on whether the existing legislation should be repealed. Included are a detailed list of objections to present regulations from Upper Missouri traders Robert Stuart and Bernard Pratte; a letter of support for their opinions from Lewis Cass; a letter from Thomas McKenney supporting regulation generally, urging caution on repeal, condemning the ill-effects of whiskey on the Indians and the trade, and offering some details on the location and activities of General Ashley; and an excerpt from a report from Col. Snelling, also urging more attention to the issue of how and where whiskey can be traded in the western country.
Cincinnati: H.W. Derby & Co., 1850. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. 7.5" x 5", pp. 6, 349, in original blind-stamped black cloth with gilt spine lettering, housed in a cloth slipcase with leather spine label. Corners and a few spots on top edge rubbed, small stain on top edge of text block, previous owner's name (Sioux City, Iowa, merchant T.J. Kinkaid) stamped several times on front and rear endpapers, but overall a most attractive copy, clean and tight, with less wear than usually found. A classic account of the Santa Fe Trail. The seventeen-year-old Garrard joined a caravan in Westport Landing, Missouri in 1846 a Santa Fe wagon train led by Col. Ceran St. Vrain. He spent two months at Bent's Fort for before continuing on to Taos, where he attended the trial of some of the Hispano and Pueblo allies who had participated in a revolt against United States rule of New Mexico. Garrard wrote the only eyewitness account of the trial and hanging of six convicted men. He returned to Saint Louis in the summer of 1847. Graff 1513: "An important Southwest book by a perceptive observer and a thoroughly captivating writer." Wagner-Camp 182: "In the course of his travels, Garrard met several well-known figures of the last days of the fur trade including Jim Beckwourth, Kit Carson, and George Ruxton." Rittenhouse 236: "Garrard captured the sound of the trapper's language with a skill equal to Ruxton's, and this work remains one of the great classics not only on the Trail but of the entire Southwest." Field 594; Howes G-70; Streeter Sale I, 170; Rader 1538; Sabin 26687.
Paris: Amable Auroy, 1688. Second edition (first published 1683, this edition differs just slightly, with minor adjustments to wording and typography). Two parts in one, pp. 312, 107. No map. A very good copy in an attractive binding of speckled calf and marbled boards, with marbled endpapers, gilt spine in six compartments. Hennepin was a Belgian Franciscan missionary who traveled with La Salle's 1678-79 expedition from Quebec to the Illinois River. When La Salle returned to Montreal for supplies, Hennepin continued down the Illinois to its confluence with the Mississippi and then ascended the Mississippi as far as pressent-day Minneapolis. In April 1680, he was captured by the Sioux Indians, who took him on several hunting expeditions, and whose customs he describes here. Hennepin's narrative provided the first description of Niagara Falls and the first account of the headwaters of the Mississippi north of Wisconsin. It was also the first printed work to use the name Louisiana. Howes H-415, Graff 1859; Sabin 31348; Lande 1057 (1683 ed.), TPL 81.
London: Longman, Greene, Longman and Roberts, 1860. First Edition. Two volumes, pp. xx, 494 + publisher's ads; xvi, 472, with seven maps (two folding) and one folding profile -- all with hand coloring; 20 chromoxylographic plates; and many additional illustrations in the text. Later full leather with red spine labels, marbled endpapers. Scuffing to extremities, old restorations to half-title and title pages, one map with some foxing and splits at folds, some penciled annotations in the margins. Bindings sound, plates clean and bright. Hind's exploration of the country between Lake Superior and the Rocky Mountains was prompted by the need for a land access to the gold fields of British Columbia, as well as the possible establishment of a railway route to the Pacific Coast. His narrative provides a wealth of information about customs, beliefs, and condition of the native peoples. Sabin (31934) notes that he "lived almost constantly among the Crees and Chippeways, whose habits and peculiarities he was most eager to study, and prompt to record." Graff 1892; Streeter Sale 3730; TPL 3820; Wagner-Camp 360.
Weatherford, TX: 1931. First Edition. 83 pp, illustrated, in original printed wrappers. A good or better copy with some soiling and old dampstaining to the wrappers, a few markings in red pencil in the text. Inscribed on a front blank "From G.A. Holland to Col. C.C. Walsh, June 22nd 1935." Walsh was a prominent banker and civic leader in San Angelo, Texas. Six Guns 1010: "A privately printed little history of a Texas frontier county, containing, among other material, information on the Texas Rangers and on lawlessness, as well as on Sam Bass and Arkansas Johnson." Herd 1052.
London: John W. Parker, 1850. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Two volumes, viii, 293; viii, 279, in contemporary three-quarter leather and marbled boards, with gilt spine, red and black spine labels. Endpapers and all edges marbled. Leather scuffed, otherwise a very nice set, clean and sound. Bookplate of Arthur Dean on the front pastedown of each volume. Houstoun (1811-1892) was a successful British novelist as well as the author of several travel books and other works of nonfiction. Written as a series of letters, Hesperos recounts her journey from Liverpool to Halifax and from there through New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Washington, DC, westward to Pittsburgh and then to Cincinnati, Louisville, St. Louis, New Orleans, and Texas. "Always opinionated, Houstoun describes American women as ‘free’ in their public behaviour, and is particularly interested in the lives of the Irish in America and in the condition of enslaved blacks on the plantations which she visited in Louisiana and Mississippi" (DNB). Her account also offers vivid descriptions of local manners and customs, life of the steamboats, lodging conditions, etc. Eberstadt: "Contains much on Texas, including a residence in Galveston, trip to New Washington, Texas, visit to the prairies, etc." Howes H-692; Sabin 33200; Graff 1976; Hubach p. 111; Clark III: 329; Rader 1950.
Philadelphia: Carey, Lea, and Blanchard, 1837. First American Edition. Hardcover. Very good. Two volumes in original blue cloth with paper spine labels. Each volume 248 pp, and each with a folding map as frontispiece; publisher's catalogue at end of volume two. Housed in a black cloth slipcase. The Doheny copy, with Estelle Doheney's small leather bookplate on the front pastedown of each volume as well as a contemporary ownership signature ("Chas. Henry Hall / Harlem 1837") on the front free endpaper of Volume I. Hall (1781-1852) was a wealthy New York landowner and horse breeder. A very nice, unrestored set with spine labels well preserved, tight bindings. minimal foxing, maps in very good condition. There is, however, offsetting to the title pages from the folded maps. Captain Bonneville spent three years exploring in the Rocky Mountains, funded in part by John Jacob Astor. The ostensible purpose of the expedition was fur trapping, but some historians argue that it was also a military reconnaissance, made in preparation for a confrontation with British interests. Irving purchased Capt. Bonneville's journal of the expedition after Bonneville failed to get it published under his own name. While giving Bonneville full credit for the information, Irving took the liberty of writing the book as as if the Captain was narrating his adventures directly to him. The narrative includes good description of the Rocky Mountain fur trade and contains a long account of the 1833-34 expedition to Salt Lake and California led by Joseph Walker, whom Bonneville sent west in search of new fur sources. Wheat, Transmississippi West, 423, comments that the first map is "by far the best yet published of this region. The heads of Wind River, the Sweetwater, the Green (called the Colorado of the West), the Snake, the Salmon and Gallatin's Fork of the Missouri are all shown in relatively correct fashion....This was a map of real import, and since the book was a popular one, its information had wide circulation." Wagner-Camp 67:3; BAL 10151; Graff 2160; Howes I-85; Sabin 35195; Smith 5046; Streeter Sale 2092.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1861. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. House issue. Quarto, pp 181; 154; 30; 31, ; with two large folding topographical maps, one profile, eight color plates (Indian portraits and the interior of a Moquis house), eight folding panoramic views, 16 b/w plates (views and paleontology), and many illustrations in the text. This copy has a duplicate of Plate I (Robinson's Landing) as the frontispiece and lacks the correct frontispiece (Chimney Peak). It is otherwise complete, aside from the two geological maps that are rarely present. Bound in three quarter red morocco and red cloth, with marbled edges and endpapers. Some minor scuffing to the leather, internally a fine copy, with the bookpate of James Wickersham on the front pastedown, and his name stamped in gilt at the base of the spine. Wickersham (1857-1939) was an attorney and judge who served Alaska's delegate to the United States Congress for 14 years. He played a primary role in establishing the Alaska Territorial Legislature, the Alaska Railroad, Mt. McKinley National Park, and the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines. He was also a skilled mountaineer and the author of A Bibliography of Alaska Literature 1724-1924. This copy also has the ink stamp (on the profile) of Elwood Evans (1828-1898), who presumably owned it before Wickersham. Evans was an attorney, politician, and historian from Washington Territory who served as mayor of Olympia and briefly as acting governor of the territory. The Ives Expedition was sent to explore the Colorado River and determine the extent to which it was naviagble. Ives had a steamboat custom built and shipped to the west, led his party up the Colorado to the lower end of the Grand Canyon, and then traveled across the desert to Fort Defiance in Colorado. Farquhar (21) calls this report "one of the most desireable books in the Colorado River field, for it is the first that deals specifically with the river itself. Moreover, the illustrations are remarkable...two from photographs represent perhaps the first use of the camera in Arizona, certainly on the Colorado River....Ives and his staff added immensely to knowledge of the lower canyons, especially those now occupied by the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead." Howes I-92; Sabin 35308; Wagner -Camp 375; Wheat, Transmississippi, 947, 948.
Middletown: Loomis & Richards, 1815. Hardcover. Good. First edition of Richard Alsop's expanded version of Jewitt's "Journal Kept at Nootka Sound" (Boston, 1807).12mo, 203 pp, with frontis illustration of the ship Boston in Nootka Sound, in contemporary full-leather binding with gilt spine label. Frontis shaved at lower margin (minimal loss to image), light foxing and soiling to text, one leaf with a closed tear, crack in binding between frontis and title, but still quite sound. A good copy of one of "the best known and most popular of the early narratives of adventure and experience on the western coast" (Hill), and an important source on the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest. Jewitt was the armorer on the Boston, a merchant vessel with two officers and 24 crew. While trading at Nootka Sound in 1802, the ship was seized by the native people in response to a perceived insult to their chief, as well as built-up resentment relating to offenses committed by other European traders over the years. Only Jewitt and one other crew member survived the massacre. Jewitt was held captive by the Nootka for three years before he was rescued. Hill 887: "The work gives many particulars concerning the life and habits of the Indians of Vancouver Island, together with a three-page vocabulary and the war-song of the Nootka tribesmen. Howes A-189; Field 776; Smith 5206.