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116. FRÉMONT, John C. and Jessie B.
Memoirs of My Life...Including in the Narrative Five
Journeys of Western Exploration.... Chicago & New
York: Belford, Clark, 1887. xx, 655 pp., 82 plates
including steel & wood engravings, photogravures, 1
chromolithograph and 7 maps (2 colored, 4 folding). Large
4to. A splendid copy in original half-morocco presentation
binding, elaborate endpapers, spine extra gilt, preserved
in a tan cloth slipcase.
First edition. Cowan, p. 224. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains & Rockies 171. Howes F367: "Embraces his first 3 exploring expeditions and the part played by him in the conquest of California." Larned 2035. Rittenhouse 228. Pingenot: The great Pathfinders own story of his first three exploring expeditions and his role in the conquest of California, at least partly ghostwritten by his talented wife Jessie, who also provides a "sketch of the life of Senator Benton in connection with Western expansion." Excellent illustrations by Darley, Hamilton, and other leading artists, plus unique daguerreotype photos of the West, and a color plate engraved by Frank Key. The large folding map (often lacking) is tipped to the inner rear cover. A second volume was contemplated but never issued. This work is becoming quite scarce in decent condition.