Dorothy Sloan -- Books


“Most authoritative narrative of fur-trading among the plains Indians of the Upper Missouri, for the period”

62.     BOLLER, Henry A. Among the Indians. Eight Years in the Far West: 1858-1866. Embracing Sketches of Montana and Salt Lake. By Henry A. Boller. Philadelphia: T. Ellwood Zell, 1868 [actually 1867]. [i-iv] vii-xvi, [17] 18-428 pp., folding lithograph map: Map of Localities to accompany “Among the Indians.” T. Ellwood Zell, Publisher. Philadelphia. 1868; neat line to neat line: 30.5 x 47.2 cm. 8vo (19.4 x 13.1 cm), original brown cloth. Binding faded and worn, extremities frayed, shelf-slanted, text block cracked at p. 169, fairly uniform light to moderate foxing (heavier on some leaves), a shabby but acceptable copy, complete with the map, said not to have been inserted in all copies and usually lacking (perusal of sales records does not support that assertion). The map is slightly wrinkled and has a bit of darkening along the horizontal centerfold.

     First edition. Adams, Six-Guns 235: “Has a short chapter on the vigilantes and outlaws of Montana and the hanging of Henry Plummer, but most of the book is devoted to the author’s life with the Indians. Most of the existing copies of this rare book lack the map.” Bauer Sale 30. Bradford 439. Braislin 189: “Of great rarity, with the map which is almost invariably missing and with half-title. This map was inserted in but few copies.” Field 147. Flake 582. Graff 341 (with inscription by author indicating the book was in print before the year on the title page). Holliday Sale 101. Howes B579. Rader 390. Sabin 6221. Siebert Sale 7325:734 (this copy also has an inscription indicating publication in 1867). Smith 928. Streeter Sale 3079. Thrapp, Encyclopedia of Frontier Biography, I, p. 133: “Henry A. Boller, fur trader, pioneer (Aug. 17, 1836-Nov. 1, 1902, born in Philadelphia of well-to-do parents, he spent about four years from 1858 on the Upper Missouri trading with Indians. Boller was at the Alder Creek gold camps of Montana in 1863 and 1864 and in 1866 may have driven California horses to Montana. He became a cattleman for ten years at Junction City, Kansas, then lived at Denver until his death.” Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West #1180: “Displays Montana, the absurdly extended Dakotah, Nebraska, and parts of Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Kansas and Missouri. The map is notable mostly for the localities mentioned along the course of the Missouri…. No trails or wagon roads are represented, but the two Union Pacific roads out the Platte [sic] and Smoky Hill are shown—the main Union Pacific indicated as going to Great Salt Lake City, then north around Great Salt Lake.”