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October 26, 2007

The Scholarly Edition

232. SAGE, Rufus B. Rufus B. Sage: His Letters and Papers 1836-1847 with an Annotated Reprint of His “Scenes in the Rocky Mountains and in Oregon, California, New Mexico, Texas, and the Grand Prairies” with an Introduction, Biographical Sketch and Notes by LeRoy R. Hafen...and Ann W. Hafen. Glendale: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1956. 353 [1] + 361 pp., 2 folding maps, full-page illustrations (including frontispiece portraits), text illustrations. 2 vols., 8vo (24.5 x 17 cm), original dark green cloth, gilt-lettered spine, top edges tinted tan. Folding map in Vol. II cleanly split into two pieces, otherwise very fine and bright, Vol. II mostly unopened.

            This is the definitive, scholarly edition of Sage’s Scenes in the Rocky Mountains (1846; see item 125 herein). The present work was edited by the redoubtable Hafen research team, who studied Sage’s then-unpublished papers in the Coe Library at Yale. The Hafens also examined the archives of publishers Carey & Hart. Clark & Brunet, The Arthur H. Clark Company: A Bibliography and History 104 (Vols. IV & V of the publisher’s The Far West and Rockies Historical Series). Howes S16. Mattes 61. Rittenhouse 502. The first edition (1846) is one of the Fifty Texas Rarities, and in the introduction to that work Colton Storm comments: “Sage says that his ‘organ of Inquisitiveness’ led him to travel in the West. He made two trips across country, the first with a party of fur traders and the second with two mountaineers. In 1843, he joined the Snively Expedition, a piratical attempt to plunder a rich caravan en route from Missouri to Santa Fé. His account of the unsuccessful venture is one of the best.” ($200-400)

Sold. Hammer: $200.00; Price Realized: $235.00

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