801. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. KENDALL, George W. Narrative of the Texan Santa Fé Expedition, Comprising a Description of a Tour Through Texas…. London: Wiley & Putnam, 1844.  405 + xii, -406 pp., folding map, 3 plates. 2 vols., 12mo, original plum cloth. Bindings slightly shelf-slanted and a bit worn. Hinges cracked. Some foxing. Map torn at juncture with book block (no losses).
First British edition (from the American sheets) of preceding. Basic Texas Books 116B Plains & Rockies IV:110. Streeter 1515.
802. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 3 titles, including:
KUYKENDALL, W. L. Frontier Days: A True Narrative of Striking Events on the Western Frontier. [Denver?]: J. M. and H. L. Kuykendall Publishers, 1917. xi, 251 pp., frontispiece portrait. 8vo, original green cloth. Fine. Contemporary ink ownership inscription on pastedown and blind-stamp on front free endpaper.
First edition. Adams, Guns 1221: "Contains some information on the Black Hills outlaws." Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 266. Howes K284: "Personal narrative, by the presiding judge at the trial of Wild Bill Hickok's assassin, of life in the West after the Civil War."
Plus 2 others.
803. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. LANGWORTHY, Franklin. Scenery of the Plains, Mountains and Mines: or a Diary Kept Upon the Overland Route to California, by Way of the Great Salt Lake: Travels in the Cities, Mine, and Agricultural Districts…. Ogdenburgh: Published by J. C. Sprague, Book-Seller, Hitchcock & Tillotson, Printers, 1855. 324 pp. 8vo, original brown blind-stamped cloth. Ex-library (U.S. Patent Office book plate on front pastedown with ink ms. Notice of deposit in april of 1855, LC ink stamps on title recto and verso. Later ownership inscriptions and stamps on title and prelims. Spinal extremities chipped, binding worn.
First edition. Graff 2892. Howes L359. Jones 1336. Matthews, p. 326. Plains & Rockies IV:258: “Langworthy crossed the Missouri River at Council Bluffs on May 14, 1850. He Reached Fort Laramie on June 13, South Pass on June 29, Granite Pass by way of Salt Lake City on September 9, and the Humboldt Sink on October 2. He crossed over the Sierra Nevada by way of Carson Pass, and arrived at Ringgold near Placeverille, on October 21, a total of 160 days from departure. The overland journey occupied the first 180 pages of the book, with the balance devoted to describing California and the return trip via Nicaragua.”
804. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. LARPENTEUR, Charles. Forty Years a Fur Trader on the Upper Missouri. New York: Francis P. Harper, 1898. 2 vols., complete (maps & plates). Very fine in original cloth.
First edition. Cuthbertson & Ewers, p. 109. Eberstadt 105:310 (referring to a later edition): “One of the genuine books of the old plains days.” Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 275. Graff 2404. Howes C800. Hubach, p. 77. Rader 2204. Smith 5700. Edited by Eliott Coues.
805. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. LATHROP, George. Memoirs of a Pioneer, Being the Autobiography of….One of the First to Hep in the Opening of the West. Lusk, [ca. 1917]. 34 pp. Very narrow 16mo, original green printed wrappers. Slight staining along spine, and lower joint starting to split, overall a very good copy of a very scarce title.
First edition. Cowan, p. 385. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 276. Graff 2409: “George Lathrop was one of the early cattle and stage drivers of the West. He died in 1917 and Luke Voorhees, proprietor of stage routes, finished the narrative from notes given him by Lathrop.” Howes L119.
806. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. LENOX, Edward H. Overland to Oregon: In the Tracks of Lewis and Clarke.... Oakland: Dowdle Press, 1904. 69 pp., portrait, plates, maps. Fine in cloth.
First edition, limited edition (100 copies). Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 284. Graff 2454. Howes L255a. Mintz, The Trail 291: “The author’s father, David Thomas Lenox, joined the same train as Marcus Whitman, Jesse Applegate, and others. At the time of this venture Edward was still a small child. The book contains a list of the members of the first emigration party to the Columbia River in 1843.”
807. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. LEWIS, Meriwether & William Clark. History of the Expedition Under the Command of Lewis and Clark...[edited by] Elliott Coues. New York: Francis P. Harper, 1893. 4 vols., royal 8vo, original white cloth over grey boards, printed paper spine labels. Spines dark, some rubbing and soiling to binding, internally very fine.
Limited edition (#93 of 200 copies on handmade paper). Coues’ edition of the authorized edition of 1814, “the definitive account of the most important exploration of the North American continent.... [Coues] edition of 1893 ranks second in importance to the original journals. His lengthy annotations, based on first-hand knowledge of the territory, are highly informative, and his bibliographical essay is a major contribution” (Becker, Plains & Rockies IV:13n). Howes L317.
Plus one other
808. [WESTERN OVERLANDS. LEWIS & CLARK EXPEDITION]. Lot of 25 titles, including:
CLARK, William. The Field Notes of Captain William Clark.... New Haven: Yale University Press, 1964. Folio, original cloth. Fine in d.j.
First edition. Plains & Rockies IV:13n: “William Clark’s field notes, December 13, 1803-April 3, 1805, describing their winter of waiting on the Mississippi and first year up the Missouri, were discovered only a few years ago.... They were subsequently edited by Ernest Staples Osgood and published by Yale University Press.”
LEWIS, Meriwether & William Clark. History of the Expedition under the Command of Lewis and Clark...A New Edition...[edited by Elliott Coues]. New York: Harper, 1893. 4 vols., complete, 8vo, original green cloth. Very fine set.
“The most scholarly edition” (Howes L327). Plains & Rockies IV:13n: “Ranks in importance only second in importance to the original journals.”
HOSMER, James K. (ed.) History of the Expedition of Captains Lewis and Clark... Chicago, 1902. 2 vols., complete, original brown cloth over tan buckram. Lightly soiled.
Plains & Rockies IV:13n: “Verbatim texts of the Biddle-Allen compilation were published in 1902, with introduction and index by James K. Hosmer.”
Plus 32 others.
809. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. LINFORTH, James. Route from Liverpool to Great Salt Lake Valley. Liverpool: Franklin D. Richards, 1855. viii, 120 pp., folding map, 30 engraved plates (landscapes, scenes along the Mormon route, portraits), text illustrations. Small folio, contemporary three-quarter tan leather over brown cloth, spine with black leather label and raised bands. Binding defective (worn and stained, six-inch square cut from cloth on lower cover, joints beginning to split at top). Map with one short split at fold. A few plates loose and worn and with marginal tears and soiling. Intermittent waterstaining to text, affecting several plates. Occasional dark stains, seldom affecting plates images.
First edition. Eberstadt 130:363: “The views are of outstanding merit and include New Orleans, Natchez, Vicksburg, Memphis, St. Louis, Keokuk, Nauvoo, Council Bluffs, Laramie, Fort Bridger, and Salt Lake City.” Howes L359. LC, Utah 1: “A Utah pioneer classic. This famous book originated in 1853, in the desire of many members of the Church of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) for a collection of steel engravings and woodcuts to illustrate the most noted landmarks on the emigration route from Liverpool to Great Salt Lake, via New Orleans, the Mississippi River and the Mormon Trail through Iowa and Nebraska, thence along the Platte River to For Laramie, South Pass, and Fort Bridger. By agreement with Elder S. W. Richards, publisher of the Latter-Day Saints’ Work in England, Pierce went to Utah to make the sketches upon which the plates were based. They were published in this volume with his diary of the journey, James Linforth’s notes on the route, and a history of the Latter-Day Saints’ emigration from Europe until the close of 1855, with statistics.” Plains & Rockies IV:259. Wheat, Transmississippi West 858 & pp. 40-41 (map reproduced following p. 40): “One of the most illuminating maps of the West to appear during 1855 [and it] shows Utah in all its glory. This is not only an important map in the history of Mormons, but is in every sense an important map of the West, giving as it does a carefully drawn picture of that entire area. The book is notable for its steel engravings. It contains much material on the history of the Mormons, and its advice to prospective travelers is generally good. The map was excellent for the period.”
810. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot with 2 titles:
LITTLE, James A. From Kirtland to Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City: Juvenile Instructor Office, 1890. Fine in original cloth. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 295. Graff 2510. Howes L382.
LITTLE, James A. What I Saw on the Old Santa Fe Trail. Plainfield, Indiana: The Friends Press, . Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 292. Howes L384.
811. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. LOMAS, Thomas J. Recollections of a Busy Life. [Cresco, Iowa, 1923].
First edition. Graff 2523. Howes L436. Mintz, The Trail 298: “The author relates memories of his 1864 wagon trip to Honey Lake, California. It seems that only a small number of copies were printed for his relations, making the book very scarce today.”
812. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. LONGSWORTH, Basil N. Diary … March 15, 1853 to January 22, 1854: Covering the Period of his Migration from Ohio to Oregon. Denver: D. E. Harrington, 1927. Very fine in original red printed wrappers.
First edition. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 296. Graff 2530. Howes L458. Mintz, The Trail 301: “Graff says, ‘This is a detailed day-by-day contemporary diary – a real overland.’ Contains details of the country, trails, deaths, murders, drownings and more.”
813. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. LUTTIG, John C. Journal of a Fur-Trading Expedition on the Upper Missouri 1812-1813. St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society, 1920. 191 pp., map, plates. 8vo, blue board covers. Very good.
First edition, limited edition (#45 of 365 copies). Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 301. Howes L572: “Important account, by a clerk of the Missouri Fur Company, of one of Manuel Lisa’s earliest expeditions.”
814. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. MACKENZIE, Alexander. Voyages from Montreal on the River of St. Laurence through the Continent of North America, to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans; in the Years 1789 and 1793. With a Preliminary Account of the Fur Trade.... London: Cadell, et al., 1801.  viii, cxxxii, 412  pp., frontispiece portrait, 3 folding maps (one hand-colored in outline). 4to, modern brown morocco over brown cloth, spine with raised band, t.e.g.. A few leaves at front and one map and adjacent leaves with insect damage and light waterstaining, last map with one burn mark at right blank margin. A few tears and old archival repair, first map with a small hole or two (not affecting image). Usual offsetting opposite portrait and maps.
First edition. Field 967: “No writer upon the subject of Indian customs and peculiarities has given us a more minute, careful and interesting relation, as indeed none were better fitted to do, by long experience among them as a fur trader.” Graff 2630: “Of consummate importance in the literature of transcontinental travel.” Hill, pp. 187-88: “The first and finest edition of one of the most important of Canadian books.” Howes M133: “First crossing of the continent from ocean to ocean by a white man.... The account of the fur trade [was] the first ever published.” Pilling 2384. Plains & Rockies IV:1: “Mackenzie was the first white man to cross the continent, and his journal of this expedition is of surpassing interest.” TPL 658. Wheat, Transmississippi West 251.
815. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. MACKENZIE, Alexander. Voyages from Montreal…Through the Continent of North America, to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans….London: Printed for T. Cadell, Jun. And W. Davies, Strand; Cobbett and Morgan, Pall-Mall; and W. Creech, at Edinburgh; By R. Noble, Old-Bailey, 1802. xiv, 290 + 332 pp., portrait (supplied from another copy & waterstained). 2 vols., 8vo, contemporary three sheep with red leather labels (worn and dry). 3 folding engraved maps in separate folder (half sheep over marbled boards—back cover detached). Ex-library, with ink stamp on Vol. 1 title, several ownership inscriptions.
First British 8vo edition of preceding entry. Plains & Rockies IV:1:2.
(2 vols. + map folder)
816. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 4 titles, including:
MACKENZIE, Alexander. Voyages from Montreal on the River of St. Laurence through the Continent of North America, to the Frozen and Pacific Oceans; in the Years 1789 and 1793. With a Preliminary Account of the Fur Trade.... New York: G. F. Hopkins, 1802. viii  296 pp., folding engraved map. 8vo, original tree sheep. Upper cover detached, binding very worn, offsetting to title from map.
First American edition of preceding entry. Plains & Rockies IV:1:4.
817. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. MANLY, William L. Death Valley in ‘49. San Jose: Pacific Tree and Vine Co., 1894. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 321. 12mo, original cloth. Very good.
First edition. Howes M255. Mintz, The Trail 325: “One of the great books of Western Americana. Important as a firsthand observation of a famous overland party and its famous (mis)adventures. Also important as a desert book, since this party is given credit for naming Death Valley, and as an early book of travel and adventure.”
818. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 7 titles, including:
MARCY, Randolph B. Border Reminiscences. New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1872. 396 pp., frontispiece, illustrations. 8vo, original purple gilt cloth (spine faded). Extremities frayed.
First edition. Alliot, p. 146. Graff 2674: “Mostly humor-military, western humor.” Howes M275. Rader 2345. Smith 6508.
MARCY, Randolph B. Exploration of the Red River of Louisiana in the Year 1852. Washington: Beverly Tucker, 1854. xvi, 310 pp., 65 lithographed plates (a few with tinted grounds, geological folding plate). 8vo, original blind-stamped brown cloth. Occasional mild foxing. Without the separately issued map folders.
Second edition, second issue (first printing was Senate issue, SED54, in 1853, followed by this unnumbered Senate issue). Basic Texas Books 135A. Clark, Old South III:354. Howes M276. Meisel III, p. 144. Pilling 2471n. Plains & Rockies IV:226:2. Rader 2346n. One of the best nineteenth-century accounts of exploration of Texas, containing Marcy’s official report of his expedition to the headwaters of the Red and Canadian Rivers in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. Marcy’s report gives the first accurate description of the region, and is important for its observations of the Indian tribes he encountered. Holman and Tyler, in their forthcoming book on 19th lithographs of Texas, state that Marcy’s report provides “the first lithographic documentation of the Palo Duro Canyon.” About 30 of the lithographs are of Texas subjects.
MARCY, Randolph B. The Prairie Traveler. A Handbook for Overland Expeditions.... New York: Harper & Brothers, 1859. 340 pp., frontispiece of Fort Smith, Arkansas, text illustrations, folding map. 12mo, original dark brown blind-stamped cloth. Fine.
First edition. Cowan, p. 414. Graff 2676. Howes M279. Mintz, The Trail 326. Plains & Rockies IV:335:1: “After half a lifetime spent on the western plains and in the Rocky Mountains, Marcy was well qualified to advise the prospective emigrant, and he ably summarized his experiences in this book.” Rittenhouse 399: “A how-to-do-it book widely used by emigrants over all Western trails. It describes equipment to carry, methods of organizing a wagon train, techniques of avoiding dangers and attacks.” Wheat, Transmississippi West IV:984-5 & pp. 145-6 &174-5: “[Marcy’s map of the Colorado Gold region] is one of the best that appeared that year...[Marcy’s map] shows the entire West with the routes carefully traced, of all the itineraries given in the book.”
MARCY, Randolph B. Thirty Years of Army Life on the Border.... New York: Harper & Brothers, 1866. xvi, 442 pp., frontispiece, plates, text illustrations. 8vo, original gilt-decorated blue cloth, beveled edges. Fine, contemporary pencil inscription on title.
First edition. Dobie, p. 155. Graff 2679. Howes M280. Rader 2348. Raines, p. 146. Smith 6511. Tate 2169: “An excellent source of descriptive information on the Comanches, based upon Marcy’s several reconnaissances through their country during the late 1840s and 1850s.... Also deals with Marcy’s role in establishing the two reservations in northwestern Texas during the 1850s.” The lively illustrations include at least three by Alfred Waud (see Hamilton, Early American Book Illustrators 1966).
Plus 4 others.
819. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 2 titles:
MARSH, James B. Four Years in the Rockies; or The Adventures of Isaac P. Rose.... New Castle: W. B. Thomas, 1884. 8vo, original decorated yellow cloth, slight wear at spine. Some foxing to text, otherwise very good. Graff 2688. Howes M306. Smith 6536.
MARCY, Randolph B. Another edition. Columbus: Long’s College Book Co., n.d. Reprint. Dust jacket.
820. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 6 titles, including:
MEEKER, Ezra. The Busy Life of Eighty-Five Years of Ezra Meeker... Seattle: Ezra Meeker, [c1916]. 12mo, original red pictorial cloth. Slightly shelf slanted, otherwise fine. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains & Rockies 332.
MEEKER, Ezra. Kate Mulhall: A Romance of the Oregon Trail. New York, 1926. Very fine in red pictorial cloth.
MEEKER, Ezra. The Ox Team or the Old Oregon Trail 1852-1906. Omaha: Published by the author, 1906. 8vo, original green pictorial cloth. Binding with a few stains and slightly worn. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains & Rockies 334. Mintz, The Trail 330: “An account of the author’s trip acorss the plains at the age of twenty-two, and of the retracing of the trail in 1906 with an ox team at the age of seventy-six… Interesting due to the heroic nature of the venture.”
MEEKER, Ezra. Personal Experiences on the Oregon Trail Sixty Years Ago. Seattle, 1912. “Fifth reprint.” 12mo, original red pictorial wrappers (stained and darkened). Signed by Meeker. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains & Rockies 335.
MEEKER, Ezra. Pioneer Reminiscences of Puget Sound: the Tragedy of Leschi. Seattle: Lowman & Hanford Stationery, 1905. xx, 555 pp., plates. Thick 8vo, original navy blue cloth. Front hinge weak and light binding wear, overall very good to fine.
First edition. Howes M477. Meeker crossed the plains to the Puget Sound country in 1852, and his status as a legendary overland pioneer earned for him the sobriquet “Ox-Team” Meeker.
MEEKER, Ezra. Ventures and Adventures of Ezra Meeker: or Sixty Years of Frontier Life. Seattle: Rainier Printing Co., . 384 pp., frontispiece and numerous plates. 12mo, original tan pictorial cloth (rubbed). Author’s signed presentation copy. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains & Rockies 337.
821. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. MOOSO, Josiah. The Life and Travels of .... Winfield: Telegram Print, 1888. 8vo, original red cloth. Cover worn and somewhat faded, hinges cracked, some stains to endpapers.
First edition. Cowan, p. 440. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 346. Graff 2885. Howes J784. Mintz, The Trail 583: “In his bibliography of the Santa Fe Trail, Rittenhouse reports pages 192-205 are concerned with Moose’s trip over that trail. Apparently, he later continued on to the coast. As Mooso is disturbingly indefinite about when events happen, his trip could have been accomplished anytime in the ‘50s.”
822. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. MORRIS, Robert C. (editor). Collections of the Wyoming Historical Society. Volume 1. Cheyenne: Wyoming Historical Society, 1897. 8vo, original red cloth. Very good.
First edition. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 348. Contains overland material.
823. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. MULLAN, John. Miners and Travelers’ Guide to Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado via the Missouri and Columbia Rivers. New York: Wm. M. Franklin, 1865. 153 pp., large folding colored lithographic map by J. Bien. 12mo, original brown blind-stamped cloth. Slight staining to cover, else fine.
First edition of the first Montana guidebook. Graff 2933. Howes M885. Plains & Rockies IV:420a: Smith 7153. Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 1126 & V(1), pp. 137-140 (reproduced as colored frontispiece to this volume): “Serious guide-making notable map interesting and sometimes surprising for its showing of trails.” Almost the entire preface of the Montana volume of the American Guide Series is devoted to Mullan’s work which is described as “The First Montana Guidebook.”
824. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. MULLAN, John. Miners and Travelers’ …. New York: Wm. M. Franklin, 1865. Later three-quarter smooth brown calf over brown cloth. Lacks map. Another copy of preceding.
825. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. PARKER, Samuel. Journal of an Exploring Tour Beyond the Rocky Mountains, under the Direction of the A.B.C.F.M. Performed in the years 1835, ‘36, and ‘37; Containing a Description of the Geography, Geology, Climate, and Productions ; and the Number, Manners, and Customs of the Natives. With a Map of Oregon Territory. Ithaca: Published by the Author, 1838. 371 pp., folding engraved map (Map of Oregon Territory...1838; 14 x 24-1/2 inches). 12mo, original rose cloth with yellow printed spine label. binding with some mild staining and worn (split at upper top & extremities worn), hinges cracked. Map needs to be flattened due to some wrinkling (otherwise fine with no splits). Contemporary ownership signature on title. This copy is in better condition than most that have recently been offered in the market.
First edition. Graff 3192. Howes P89. Pilling 2904. Plains & Rockies IV:70:1. Rader 2600. Smith 7893. Tweney, Washington 89 60: “Parker went out to the Rockies in 1835 on a fur trading expedition with the American Fur Company. Dr. Marcus Whitman was a member of the party for pat of the journey. Parker arrived at Walla Walla in October, 1835, and returned in 1837. Parker’ map was one of the earliest to be widely circulated and to contains reliable information about the Oregon Territory. It has been said of Parker’s journal: ‘In all the qualities which an historian would require, it has few equals.’ The first edition of this book is quite scarce, later editions are not so hard to come by.” Wheat, Transmississippi West 446 & II, p. 166.
826. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. PIKE, Zebulon M. Exploratory Travels Through the Western Territories of North America: Comprising a Voyage from St. Louis, on the Mississippi, to the Source of That River, and a Journey through the Interior of Louisiana, and the North-Eastern Provinces of New Spain. Performed in the Years 1805, 1806, 1807, by Order of the Government of the United States.. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1811. xx, 436 pp., 2 folding copper engraved maps. 4to, contemporary tree sheep (later tan morocco spine), binding worn and upper cover detached. Half title not present, front endpaper and frontispiece map detached, light offsetting to title from map, occasional light browning to text. Contemporary ownership inscriptions in ink on title and flyleaf, armorial bookplate.
First British edition, best edition. Field 1217. Graff 3290: “First government exploration of the Southwest.” Howes P373. Basic Texas Books 163A: “Marks the beginning of serious American interest in Texas...[The first English] edition has a much better arrangement, with corrections of grammar; [it was used for] the French, Dutch, and German translations.” Martin & Martin 24: “Pike’s depiction of the Texas frontier was superior to Humboldt’s [and] based primarily on firsthand reconnaissance.” Plains & Rockies IV:9:2. Raines, p. 165. Rittenhouse 467. Streeter 1047. Wheat, Transmississippi West 299. Acting under orders from Wilkinson, then Military Governor of the Louisiana Territory, Pike and his party left St. Louis in 1806, proceeded overland to Arkansas, Kansas, and Colorado, and reached the headwaters of the Rio Grande, where Pike was taken into custody by Spanish authorities and escorted to Santa Fe and Chihuahua, and finally Natchitoches, Louisiana, via the Old San Antonio Road. The maps in this edition are different from those in the first American edition.
827. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 3 titles, including:
PIKE, Zebulon M. An Account of Expeditions to the Sources of the Mississippi and through the Western Parts of Louisiana, to the Sources of the Arkansaw.... Philadelphia: C. & A. Conrad, et al., 1810.  105 [1, blank]  [1 blank] -277 [3, blank]  66, 53 [1, blank], 87 pp., frontispiece portrait, 3 tables (lacking the 4 maps and 2 charts). 8vo, early twentieth three-quarter black morocco over black cloth. J. Alden Smith’s copy, with his pencil signature on title (offsetting to blank margin above the stipple-engraved portrait of Pike), title lightly.
First edition of the first U.S. government exploration of the Southwest. Basic Texas Books 163: “The beginning of serious interest in Texas.” Field 1217. Graff 3290. Howes P373. Plains & Rockies IV:9. Raines, p. 165. Rittenhouse 467. Streeter, 1047 & p. 328 (citing the book as especially desirable for a Texas collection): “Its early date and its writer make it a foundation piece.... [T]he account of Texas in the appendix to Pike is the first, in English, for Texas as a whole. Tate 2183.
Plus 2 others.
828. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. PIKE, Zebulon M. The Expeditions of Zebulon Montgomery Pike, to Headwaters of the Mississippi River...by Elliott Coues. New York: Francis P. Harper, 1895.  cxiii  356 + vi -855 +  857-955 pp., portrait, 7 maps, facsimiles. 3 vols., 8vo, original white cloth over beige boards, printed paper spine labels. Fragile bindings a bit worn and soiled, otherwise very fine. Contemporary ink ownership inscription.
“Best edition” (Howes); limited edition (#106 of 150 large paper copies). Basic Texas Books 163: “Marks the beginning of serious American interest in Texas.” Eberstadt, Texas 162:603n: “One of the great classics of American exploration. Pike journeyed across Texas in 1807, and his description of the country is excellent and among the earliest.” Field 1217n. “First government exploration of the Southwest.” Howes P373: “Best edition, with copious notes.... First government exploration of the Southwest.” Plains & Rockies IV:9n. Raines, p. 16n. Rittenhouse 467n: “Scholars have preferred the 1895 edition for its annotations, clarity, and appended documents.” Streeter 1047. Wheat, Transmississippi West 299.
829. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 7 titles, including:
PIKE, Zebulon M. The Expeditions of Zebulon Montgomery Pike, to Headwaters of the Mississippi River...A New Edition [edited by] Elliott Coues. New York: Francis P. Harper, 1895.  cxiii  356 + vi -855 +  857-955 pp., portrait, 7 maps, facsimiles. 3 vols., 8vo, original green cloth. Fine set.
“Best edition” (Howes). Basic Texas Books 163F: “Definitively-annotated edition.” Howes P373: “Best edition, with copious notes... First government exploration of the Southwest.” Plains & Rockies IV:9n. Raines, p. 16n. Rittenhouse 467n: “Scholars have preferred the 1895 edition for its annotations, clarity and appended documents.”
PIKE, Zebulon M. Exploratory Travels through the Western Territories of North America... London: Paternoster-Row, 1811; [Denver: W. H. Lawrence & Co., 1889]. 4to, original blue cloth. Binding worn and abraded, interior fine. Facsimile of the first British edition. Basic Texas Books 163E.
Plus 5 others.
830. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. REMY, Jules & Julius Brenchley. A Journey to Great-Salt-Lake City.... London: W. Jeffs, 1861. 2 vols., complete (folding map and 10 engraved plates), large 8vo, later dark green cloth. A few traces of foxing and verso of map with some soiling at one fold, but overall very fresh.
First edition in English (preceded by the French edition published in Paris the prior years). Flake 6867. Graff 3461. Howes R210. Monaghan 1220. Plains & Rockies IV:364:2: “Remy and his companion Julius Lucius Brenchley traveled from San Francisco to Salt Lake City in the summer of 1855. After a month’s stay they left for Los Angeles, which they reached on November 29, and then returned to San Francisco.” Includes a bibliographical list of works relating to Mormonism. The steel engravings were taken from the French edition, and have captions in French and English; some of them are outstanding, such as “Le Temple de Great Salt Lake City,” “Fillmore Capitale du territoire d’Utah.” Wheat, Transmississippi West 1014: “Jules Remy was a good mapmaker, as well as a raconteur. The map extends from the Atlantic Coast to the Pacific, and while boundaries are not shown, the names of States and Territories are. There is nothing to show routes or roads, but Great Salt Lake City, Provo, Fillmore, and Cedar City help to accentuate the region around Great Salt Lake.”
831. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. ROOT, Frank A. & William E. Connelley. The Overland Stage to California. Personal Reminiscences and Authentic History of the Great Overland Stage Line and Pony Express from the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean. Topeka: Published by the authors, 1901. xviii, 630 [2, blank] [1, ad] pp., frontispiece portrait, foldout map, illustrations. 8vo, original brown cloth decorated in gilt and black. Frontispiece, map. 8vo, original cloth, fine to very fine.
First edition. Adams, Guns 1897. Cowan, p. 541. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 414. Graff 3562. Howell 50:771: "One of the most valuable narratives on the Overland stage. As the agent of the postal department, Root oversaw the transportation of the mails over the great stage line." Howes R434.
832. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. ROSS, Alexander. The Red River Settlement.... London: Smith, Elder, 1856. 416 [16, ads] pp., lithographed frontispiece plate of Fort Garry. 8vo, original green cloth. Spine and covers almost detached, interior very fine.
First edition. Field 1327. Graff 3579. Plains & Rockies IV:279d: “This volume is the third of Alexander Ross’s works on his adventures in the Pacific Northwest and the history of the fur trade.” Staton & Tremaine 3304.
833. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 2 titles, including:
RUSSELL, Osborne. Journal of a Trapper or Nine Years in the Rocky Mountains 1834-1843. [Boise: Syms-York], 1921. Very fine in original brown cloth.
Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 417. Howes R537.
Plus one other (the 1955 edition of Russell’s journal, from the Yale ms., very fine in original blue cloth).
834. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 8 titles, including:
RUXTON, George. Adventures in Mexico and the Rocky Mountains. London: John Murray, 1847.  viii, 332 pp. 12mo, later three-quarter green morocco over green cloth, red spine label. Light marginal browning to first and last leaves, lower hinge cracked.
First edition. Howes R553. Graff 3620. Plains & Rockies IV:139:1. Rittenhouse 499: “Ruxton had gone first to Mexico, then to Santa Fe and eastward on the Santa Fe trail.” “Ruxton...crowded a great deal of adventure and literary achievement into his twenty-seven years. His name is...highly regarded by western scholars because he kept diaries and notebooks rich in authentic detail.... He captured the character and vernacular of the mountain men and traders better than anyone else has done. No novelist could presume to achieve verisimilitude in portraying fictional mountain men without drawing upon Ruxton” (WLA, Literary History of the American West, p. 90).
RUXTON, George F. Adventures in Mexico and the Rocky Mountains.... New York: Harper & Bros., 1848. 8vo, original brown blind-stamped cloth, spine extra gilt. Spinal extremities worn, old printed library label with “30” at foot of spine, occasional mild foxing, contemporary ownership inscription in ink on inner leaf.
First American edition of preceding. Plains & Rockies IV:139:2.
Plus 3 others.
835. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 6 titles, including:
RUXTON, George F. Adventures in Mexico and the Rocky Mountains London: John Murray, 1847.  viii, 332 [16, ads] pp. 12mo, original red blind-stamped cloth. Some staining and wear to binding, shaken and a few signatures loose. First edition. Plains & Rockies IV:139:1.
RUXTON, George F. Life in the Far West. London: William Blackwood & Sons, 1849. xvi, 312 pp. 12mo, later three-quarter dark brown morocco over terracotta cloth. Very good. First British edition. Plains & Rockies IV:173:1: “After his years in the Rocky Mountain West, Ruxton returned to England, where he published his Adventures in Mexico and the Rocky Mountains…. Apparently he also submitted the [present] work to his publisher just before returning to the United States for a projected journey to South Park and Salt Lake. He became ill in Saint Louis and died there in September of 1848. Of particular interest in Life in the Far West is an account of the Walker expedition of trappers to California, which Ruxton may have heard form Mark Head, probably one of the independent trappers accompanying Zenas Leonard.”
Plus 6 others.
836. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. [SAGE, Rufus B.]. Scenes in the Rocky Mountains, Oregon, California, New Mexico, Texas and Grand Prairies; or Notes by the Way, During an Excursion of Three Years...By a New Englander. Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1846. 303 pp., folding lithographed map (Map of Oregon, California, New Mexico, N.W. Texas & the Proposed Territory of Ne-Bras-Ka.... 17-1/3 x 24 inches. 12mo, original dark green blind-stamped cloth. Binding rubbed and worn, spine defective (chipped and missing 3-1/2 section below gilt-lettered title), front hinge cracked. Occasional foxing (heavier on endpapers, title, and prelims). The maps has a few splits at folds and a tear at the junction of map and the book block, but is otherwise excellent. Rare.
First edition, second issue (pages 77-88, 170, 271 & 302 numbered on outer margin rather than inner), and most important, the rare map present (Sage’s map seems not to have been completed until after many copies of the early issues in wrappers had been distributed. Collectors, however, insist on its presence. In the earliest issue the following pages were numbered on the inner margin: 77-88, 270, 271, 302). Cowan, p. 548. Fifty Texas Rarities 30. Graff 3633: “The first hundred copies were issued in wrappers.” Howes S16: “An intelligent narrative of extensive travels from the Platte to the Arkansas.” Howell, California 50:216. Littell 904: “Rare in any condition...one of the rarest maps of the western country...an important source book of the early overland trails...one of the best and practically the only full account of the Snively expedition.” Mattes, Platte River Road Narratives 68. Plains & Rockies IV:123:1. Raines, p. 181. Rittenhouse 502. Wheat, Gold Region 30; Transmississippi West 527 (illustrated p. 40): “Most copies lack...the map...one of the earliest to depict the finally-determined Oregon boundary...one of the earliest attempts to show on a map the ever-more-heavily traveled emigrant road to California.”
837. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. SCHOOLCRAFT, Henry R. View of the Lead Mines of Missouri: Including Some Observations on the Mineralogy, Geology, Geography, Antiquities, Soil, Climate, Population, and Productions of Missouri and Arkansaw, and Other Sections of the Western Country.... New York: Charles Wiley, 1819. 299 pp., 3 engraved plates. 8vo, original drab blue boards backed with modern navy blue cloth. Moderate to heavy interior foxing. Uncut copy. Contemporary ownership inscriptions.
First edition. American Imprints 49372. Bradford 4845. Graff 3702. Howes S194. Matthews, p. 236. Plains & Rockies IV:15d:1: “At the time of writing, that portion of Upper Louisiana already settled or being settled by whites had just been organized formally as Missouri and Arkansas territories.” The engraved frontispiece is a view of Potosi.
838. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. SITGREAVES, L. Report of an Expedition Down the Zuni and Colorado Rivers. Washington: Robert Armstrong (SED59), 1853. 198 pp., 79 lithographed plates (some toned, one folding), large folding map. 8vo, original full sheep, red and black spine labels (old paper label covering top red label). Binding rubbed and worn, very mild marginal browning to text, plates excellent, map with one tear.
First edition. Farquhar, The Colorado River and the Grand Canyon, 16: “The plates and map by R. H. Kern are important in the development of knowledge of the region.” Graff 3809. Howes S521. Plains & Rockies IV: 230:1: “The expedition consisted of Sitgreaves, Lieutentant J. G. Parke, Dr. S. W. Woodhouse, R. H. Kern, with Major H. L. Kendrick in command of the escort and Antoine Leroux as guide. The group left Santo Domingo, New Mexico, on August 1, 1851, stopped at Zuni in September, and arrived at San Diego on November 30. Wheat discusses the route of the Sitgreaves expedition and highly praises the map, calling it ‘a monumental achievement….generally correct and…exceedingly well done.” Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 763.
With a copy of the Rio Grande Press 1962 reprint.
839. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. SMEDLEY, William. Across the Plains in ’62. [Denver, 1916]. 12mo, original black cloth over blue boards. Fine.
First edition. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 438. Howes S566. Mintz, The Trail 427: “Smedley’s interesting day-by-day diary tells of still another instance where the author, quite sickly during his lifetime, develops into a robust pioneer once on the trail”
840. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. SORTORE, Abram. Biography and Early Life sketch of the Late Abram Sortore Including his Trip to California and Back. Alexandria, Missouri, 1909. 10 pp. 8vo, original blue printed wrappers. Fine.
First edition. Cowan, p. 894. Flake 8281. Mattes, Platte River Road Narratives 970. Sortore settled in Keokuk, Iowa and witnessed the Mormon exodus from Nauvoo. He traveled to California in 1850 by way of Ft. Laramie, arriving in Hangtown, where he did his first mining and returned by sea through Central America. Mintz, The Trail 431: “Sortore started near Keokuk, Iowa and traveled to Hangtown. A very scarce pamphlet, with only a few copies know to exist.”
841. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. STANSBURY, Howard. Exploration and Survey of the Valley of the Great Salt Lake of Utah.... Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Co. (SED3), 1852. 487 pp., 57 lithographic plates by Ackerman (natural history plates in black and white, landscapes toned and some folding), including folding map (after the 1710 Senex). 8vo, original blind-stamped purple cloth. Binding faded and worn, top half of spine almost detached, plates and text with only occasional mild foxing. * With the separately issued map folder containing appendix and the 2 large folding maps. 8vo, original brown blind-stamped cloth. Folder broken at spine and worn, maps with some tears at folds and very friable (a few small voids where paper has chipped).
First edition, Senate issue. Flake 8358. Graff 3947. Howes S884. Meisel III, p. 115. Plains & Rockies IV:219:2: “Captain Stansbury commanded the detachment of the Army’s Topographical Engineers which was directed in 1849 to explore and report on the Great Salt Lake Basin. Of particular interest were the newly established Mormon settlements, and the routes and passes through the Rockies for emigrants and possibly a railroad.”
Wheat, Transmississippi West 764 & III, pp. 117-25 (on Map of a Reconnoissance between Fort Leavenworth on the Missouri River, and the Great Salt Lake in the Territory of Utah....): “A huge affair, this map extends from a point just west of the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas rivers to Pilot Peak, at the west edge of what is now called the Salt Desert, west of Great Salt Lake.... In effect, it is the composite Frémont map of a part of the West elaborated in certain areas on the basis of more intensive investigation.... A good many new details were added for the country lying between the established Oregon-California trail and Frémont’s route returning from California in 1844, and these, together with the new geography of the Great Salt Lake region, make the Stansbury expedition map one of the most important of its decade;” 765, III, pp. 126-27 (citing the second map: Map of the Great Salt Lake and Adjacent Country....): “Obviously a major production...an illuminating map of Great Salt Lake, Utah Lake, their respective valleys, and a portion of ‘Youab’ (Juab) Valley to the south. On the north it extends approximately to the then Oregon boundary, along the 42nd parallel, and includes a representation of the Wasatch Mountains, Cache Valley, and Ogdens Hole. This map permanently established the cartography and many place of northwestern Utah.... One of its most attractive features is that it gives the Indian as well as the Mormon names of the various creeks draining from the mountains. For the Great Salt Lake itself the map was definitive.... Scientific cartography for the Territory of Utah may be said to date from the appearance of this map.”
The plates by F. C. Grist and John Hudson are wonderful, some of them so beautifully executed that at first glance, they appear to be in full color). Tyler, Prints of the West, pp. 80-82 (plate illustrated on p. 81): “[Stansbury’s] expedition began in May 1849 amid a raging cholera epidemic on the Missouri frontier, but gold fever proved to be even more debilitating to his expedition as word spread of the California discovery, and his men deserted for the goldfields. Stansbury overcame the Mormons’ original suspicion that he had been sent to spy on them and gained Brigham Young’s confidence, as well as respect and sympathy for his people. He was the first surveyor to march completely around the Great Salt Lake.”
842. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. STEELE, John. Across the Plains in 1850. Chicago: Caxton Club, 1930. 8vo, original red cloth over decorated brown cloth. Very fine in publisher’s box.
First edition. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 459. Howes S393. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 597: “Mattes wrote: ‘Here is one of the great overland classics.’” Mintz, The Trail 438: “This well known overland adventure was edited by Joseph M. Schafer and was originally printed in the Lodi Valley News in Lodi, Wisconsin in the year 1899. Steele’s sharp eye and educated mind (he was training to become a teacher), produced a first-class, detailed narrative that relates his adventures in traveling over the plains.... A most attractive book.” Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 439.
843. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. [STEWART, William D.]. Altowan; Or, Incidents of Life and Adventure in the Rocky Mountains. By an Amateur Traveler. Edited by J. Watson Webb. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1846.  xxix  -255 + 240 pp. 12mo, original full black morocco extra gilt, spines with raised bands, inner gilt dentelles, a.e.g. Binding worn at edges, corners, joints and extremities (a few spots peeling); lower blank corners of one or two signatures lightly stained; generally very good to very fine, with contemporary ownership inscription of Lizzie T. Robertson of Montreal. Very scarce in presentation binding.
First edition. Field 1632. Graff 3986. Howes S991. Plains & Rockies IV:125: “The editor’s introduction, written in the form of a letter, gives enough biographical detail about the author clearly to identify him as Sir William Drummond Stewart. On half pay from the British Army, Stewart came to America in 1832 and traveled west to the Rockies where he remained for several years. While in New Orleans during the winter of 1836-37, he met A[lfred] J[acob] Miller, a young artist whom he took with him on his return to the mountains. This fortunate journey produced one of the great sets of portrayals of the Rocky Mountain West.” Smith 9911. Scarce western overland based on the sporting and fur trading expeditions made in 1832, 1838, and 1842 by the Scottish nobleman who hired artist Alfred Jacob Miller to record his last fling in the Rockies before taking over the lordship of Murthley Castle. Includes an account of the great rendezvous in 1837, where Indians, mountain men, and “savage” white men gathered to trade and socialize.
844. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. [STEWART, William D.]. Altowan; Or, Incidents of Life and Adventure in the Rocky Mountains. By an Amateur Traveler. Edited by J. Watson Webb. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1846. 12mo, mid-twentieth century three-quarter burgundy morocco over maroon cloth, spine gilt-stamped and with raised bands (original upper covers in red pictorial cloth preserved and bound in at rear of each volume). Light shelf wear, occasional mild foxing to text, pages adjacent to cloth covers stained slightly red.
Another copy of preceding.
845. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 8 titles, including:
STUART, Robert. The Discovery of the Oregon Trail: Robert Stuart’s Narratives of his Overland Trip Eastward from Astoria in 1812-13. New York: Charles Scribners Sons, 1935. cxxxvii  391 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates, maps. Royal 8vo, original maroon buckram, black leather spine label. Very good.
First edition in English (first appeared in a collection of French voyages in 1821). Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 466. Howes S2203. Smith 9977. Plains & Rockies IV:19n. Tweney, Washington 89 #66: “With the possible exception of Lewis and Clark, this book is probably the most important source of overland travel and the history of the Pacific Northwest. It was on this [1812-1813] trip that Stuart discovered South Pass, and hence was the first to travel the route that became known as the Oregon Trail.”
Plus 7 others.
846. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. SULLIVAN, Maurice. The Travels of Jedediah Smith…. Santa Ana: Fine Arts Press, 1934. 8vo, original white printed cloth. Cloth slightly soiled and rubbed, otherwise fine.
First edition. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 441. Howes S1127.
847. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. THORNTON, J. Quinn. Oregon and California in 1848…With an Appendix, Including Recent and Authentic Information on the Subject of the Gold Mines of California and Other Valuable Matter of Interest to the Emigrant, etc…. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1849.  13-393 +  7-379 [1, blank] [8, 4, ads] pp., 12 engraved plates, large folding map with California Gold Region in yellow, original outline coloring, and ornate vine border (Map of California, Oregon, Texas, and the Territories Adjoining with Routes &c Published by J. H. Colton…1849). 2 vols., 12mo, original brown blind-stamped cloth. Bindings worn and chipped and top of Vol. I spine detached (but present), map with old paper repair (no losses), occasional mild foxing and staining.
First edition. Cowan p. 638: "This work is one of the best authorities of the period, and the account he has given of the ill-fated Donner party is perhaps the most valuable in print." Graff 4143. Hamilton, Early American Book Illustrators and Wood Engravers 1670-1870 794a. Howell 50:232. Howes T224. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 632s. Mintz, The Trail 466. Smith 10219. Streeter Sale 3155. Plains & Rockies IV:174:1. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 208: "Prints some of the earliest reports of the gold discoveries;" Wheat, Trans-Mississippi West 593 & III, p. 75; California Gold Region 73. Zamorano Eighty 74: "Thornton was one of the real pioneers of Oregon and California, arriving in Oregon in 1846. He has always been considered a good authority and this work is among the best of the times. The first printed account of the sufferings of the Donner Party is found in this book. The map accompanying Thornton's work is the famous Colton map of the Western United States, including Oregon, California and Texas."
848. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. TYLER, Daniel. A Concise History of the Mormon Battalion in the Mexican War, 1846-1847. [Salt Lake City], 1881.  3-376 pp. 8vo, original blind-stamped purple morocco. Some binding wear (head of spine chipped, joints chafed, joints beginning to crack), endpapers wrinkled, some mild soiling to text.
First edition. Cowan, p. 648. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 496. Flake 9063. Edwards, Enduring Desert, pp. 239: “Details the sufferings of the men of the Battalion.” Graff 4226. Howes T447. Howes T447. Tutorow 3345: “The earliest and probably the best book on the famous Mormon Battalion of the Mexican War. Written by one of its members.” Zamorano Eighty 75: "The earliest and probably the best book on the famous Mormon battalion of the Mexican War.
849. VOORHEES, Luke. Personal Recollections of Pioneer Life on the Mountains and Plains of the Great West. [Cheyenne, 1920]. 75 pp., portrait.
Limited edition (125 copies). Adams, Guns 2277. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 504. Graff 4498. Howes V142: “Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming.” Smith 5708.
(1 vol. )
850. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 4 titles, including:
WELLS, James M. “With Touch of Elbow” or Death Before Dishonor. Philadelphia: John C. Winston Co., 1909. 8vo, original blue, gold, and silver pictorial cloth. Fine and bright. Author’s signed presentation copy.
First edition. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 523. Graff 4582. Howes W249: “Cavalry service in the Civil War, preceded by the freighting experiences on the plains in the ‘fifties.’”
Plus 4 others.
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