Lyndon, VT: 1882.
First Edition. Softcover. Good. 233 pp + ads, in original salmon pictorial wrappers, with frontispiece (of a burro) and additional small illustrations in the text. Chips to corners of front wrapper and lower spine, previous owner's signature on front wrapper; internally very good. A series of letters written by Chase while traveling and first published in the Vermont Union, a newspaper he founded and edited from 1865 until his death in 1902. Here they appear in revised and corrected form, published, Chase says in the preface, due to the "general demand for information respecting New Mexico." He describes various interesting places visited in Trinidad and Denver, Colorado and Cimmaron, Taos, Pueblo, Santa Fe, Las Vegas, and Silver City, New Mexico, and disusses cattle and sheep ranching, railroads, gambling halls, vigilance committees, and more. One letter describes a brief encounter with explorer Paul de Chaillu. In addition to the material on the far west, there is a letter on Chicago, one on Iowa and Missouri, and three on Kansas. Adams (Herd) 450; Graff 652; Howes C-315; Rader 666.