Altowan; Or incidents of Life and Adventure in the Rocky Mountains, by An Amateur Traveler
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1846.
First Edition. Two volumes, pp. xxix,-255; 240, in original brown cloth, with small gilt vignette of a buffalo hunt on each front board. Small losses at spine ends, horizontal crack in spine cloth on Vol. II, scattered foxing, but overall very good. Stewart, a British army officer, first came to America 1832. In search of adventure, he traveled west to the Rockies where he remained for several years, participating in the fur trade and encountering many well-known traders, explorers, trappers, and mountain men -- including Jim Bridger, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Benjamin Boneville, and French-Canadian Cree hunter Antoine Clement, with whom Stewart maintained a same-sex relationship over the course of a decade. This account of his experiences is believed to have been written by Webb, but based directly on Stewart's journals and dictation. Howes S-991; Field 1632; Sabin 91392; Wagner-Camp 125.