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Pingenot Auction, Lot 199

199. MARCY, Randolph B. The Prairie Traveller....Edited (with Notes) by Richard F. Burton. London: Trübner and Co., 1863. xvi, 251 [1] [24, ads] pp., engraved frontispiece of Fort Smith, Arkansas, text illustrations, folding engraved map: Itineraries described in Capt. Marcy’s Prairie Traveller...Drawn by E. J. Ravenstein. 14.4 x 20.0 cm (5-7/16 x 7-3/4 inches). 12mo, original dark brown moiré cloth. Cloth at upper joint split and spine almost detached, shelf worn at upper extremities and edges, internally fine.
         Fourth and best edition, edited and with additional notes and revised map by Sir Richard F. Burton (first edition, New York, 1859). Graff 2677. Mintz, The Trail 326: "Marcy’s book well illustrates how the massive Western movement had created a demand for alternate and/or more direct routes. He lists here twenty-eight routes of travel, a far cry from the two or three advisable roads of the 1840s." Plains & Rockies IV:335:4: "The book was...brought up to date in 1863 with a new edition...edited by Richard Burton, who had just returned from a visit to Salt Lake." The map in Burton’s edition has been reworked, and instead of the Pike’s Peak map being a separate map, it appears at the lower left in an inset.
($200-400)