New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1912.
Hardcover. Near fine. Reprint. xiii, 373 pp, with frontis portrait of Adams and 11 plates. Original blind-stamped brown cloth, gilt spine. Corners lightly bumped, owner's name on front free endpaper, otherwise a lovely copy. Autobiography of the famous mountain man, which Adams dictated to Hittell in the late 1850s. After eight years of almost solitary living in the wild, during which he roamed the Sierra Nevada, Cascades, and Coast Range, Adams won wide fame in the West. "His prowess in catching and taming the much-feared California grizzly--the well-named ursus horribilis--was unique. He became a legend in his own time...Using a lasso as well as box traps, he captured unharmed eagles, wildcats, deer, elk, mountain lions, wolves, black bears, and grizzly bears. He penned them up, tamed and trained them, and sold them to wild animal show entrepreneurs." (ANB). After the publication of this book, melodramas based on Adams' career were staged on both coasts.