San Francisco: John Henry Nash, 1935.
First Edition. Hardcover. Fine in a very good dust jacket. 361 pp, indexed and illustrated. A fine copy in original cloth-backed boards with paper spine label, inscribed on the front pastedown "For______, with good wishes, Catherine Coffin Phillips." Dust jacket has a few stray pen marks, spine is lightly sunned and is chipped at the head, and there is an internal reinforcement with archival tape. Still presents very nicely, in a new mylar cover. Publisher's description (from a later edition): "A favorite of President Andrew Jackson and the daughter of Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri, Jessie Benton was acquainted with the famous from childhood. When the vivacious belle met John C. Frémont, “the handsomest young man who ever walked the streets of Washington,” love bloomed. Always passionately devoted to the controversial explorer, soldier, and politician, Jessie bore John five children, maintained a family life, charmed and campaigned on his behalf, and helped him write the popular reports of his western trailblazing. These pages, filled with public figures such as Kit Carson and Abraham Lincoln, present a lively and fearless woman."