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Auction 7 Catalogue

Lots 751-800

751. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. CHITTENDEN, Hiram Martin. The American Fur Trade of the Far West. New York: Francis P. Harper, 1902. 3 vols., complete, 8vo, original cloth. Minor outer wear and mild staining to lower cover of map vol.

First edition. Graff 196. Howes C390. The classic work on the subject.


(3 vols.)

752. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. CLARK, C. M. A Trip to Pike’s Peak and Notes by the Way, with Numerous Illustrations. Chicago: Rounds’ Steam Book and Job Printing House, 1861. ix, 134 [1, errata] pp., frontispiece, 17 woodcut plates on maize paper. 8vo, original brown blind-stamped cloth. Cloth split at upper joint, spinal extremities chipped, upper hinge cracked, text and plates very fine.

First edition. AII (Chicago) 548. DPL, Nothing is Long Ago. A Documentary History of Colorado 1776-1976, p. 38: “One of the more accurate and truthful accounts of contemporary travel and life in Colorado.” Graff 731: “Clark’s work contains a fine series of early views of Denver and other western cities.” Howes C430. Jones 1435. Plains & Rockies IV:372: “Dr. Clark took part in the Pike’s Peak stampede of 1860, from Saint Joseph via Fort Kearny and the South Platte River. His is one of the few authentic accounts of that year’s travel to the Rockies.” Wilcox, p. 24.


(1 vol.)

753. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. 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.”


(1 vol.)

754. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. CLARKE, A. B. Travels in Mexico and California: Comprising a Journal of a Tour from Brazos Santiago, Through Central Mexico, By Way of Monterey, Chihuahua, the Country of the Apaches, and the River Gila, to the Mining Districts of California. Boston: Wright & Hasty, 1852. 138 pp. 12mo, original beige printed wrappers. Light wear and slight chipping to wraps, otherwise very fine.

First edition. Cowan, p. 128. Edwards, p. 35. Graff 746. Hill, p. 54: “An important and rare overland account.” Howell, California 50:376A: “His narrative provides the first printed description of the route north from Camargo, Mexico, through Chihuahua and Sonora to the Gila River of Arizona.” Howes C451. Jones 1275. Kurutz, Gold Rush 138: “Clark, a native of Conway, Massachusetts, sailed from New York on January 29, 1849, as a member of the Hampden Mining Company. After arriving in central Mexico, he proceeded westward via Arizona and the Gila River. He arrived in Los Angeles on July 9. In the Gila area, he met Dr. [Joseph E.] Field, one of the two survivors of the infamous Fannin massacre. By August 2, the New Englander labored in the Tuolumne Diggings. He spent the winter of 1849 and 1850 in San Francisco and in the summer of 1850 worked on the Yuba River. Only the last five pages of his account describe life in the mines.... According to a note, dated July 2, 1852, [Clarke] published this account for his friends.” Plains & Rockies IV:210. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 41.


(1 vol.)

755. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 18 reprints of titles listed in Plains & Rockies (mostly 8vo, original bindings, fine to very fine), including:

CLAYTON, William. Latter-Day Saints’ Emigrants’ Guide.... St. Louis: Missouri. Republican Steam Power Press-Chambers & Knapp, 1848. Modern facsimile reprint of the rare 1848 edition. Plains & Rockies IV:147n.

GASS, Patrick. Gass’s Journal of the Lewis and Clark Expedition....with an Analytical Index, and an Introduction by James Kendall Hosmer. Chicago: A. C. McClurg, 1904. 8vo, original brown cloth over tan buckram. Light outer wear, otherwise fine, with the bookplate of William Elsey Connelley. Plains & Rockies IV:6n: “His account was the first [on the Lewis and Clark expedition] to be published.”

PARKMAN, Francis. The Journals.... New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1947. 2 vols., original blue cloth. Fine in lightly worn dust wrappers and publisher’s box. These journals contain the raw material for Parkman’s classic of the Plains and Rockies, The Oregon Trail. Plains & Rockies IV:170:1an.

PINO, P. B., A. Barreiro, & J. A. de Escudero. Three New Mexico Chronicles. The Exposición of Don Pedro Bautista Pino 1812; the Ojeada of Lic. Antonio Barreiro 1832; and the additions by Don José Augustín de Escudero, 1849.... Albuquerque: Quivira Society, 1942. xxxii, 342 pp., plate, 2 folding maps. 8vo, original white cloth over rose boards. Fine.

First edition in English, limited edition (#423 of 550 copies) of preceding. Plains & Rockies IV:10an, 45an, & 167cn.

Plus 14 others.


(20 vols.)

756. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 14 titles, original bindings, very good to very fine.including:

CLAYTON, William. William Clayton’s Journal... Salt Lake City: The Deseret News, 1921.

GOVE, Jesse A. The Utah Expedition 1857-1858... Concord, N.H.: New Hampshire Historical Society, 1928.

HAFEN, LeRoy R. & Ann W. Hafen. Handcarts to Zion: the story of a Unique Western Migration 1856-1860... Glendale: Arthur H. Clark Company, 1960.

INMAN, Henry & William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill). The Great Salt Lake Trail. New York & London: The Macmillan Company, 1898.

KURZ, Rudolph F. Journal of...An Account of His Experiences Among Fur Traders and American Indians on the Mississippi and the Upper Missouri Rivers During the Years 1846 to 1852. Washington [D.C.]: Government Printing Office, 1937.

MERKLEY, Christopher. Biography of...written by himself. Salt Lake City: J. H. Parry & Company, 1887.

SEVILLE, William P. Narrative of the March of Co. A Engineers from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to Fort Bridger, Utah and Return May 6 to October 3, 1858. Washington Barracks, D.C.: Press of the Engineers School, 1912.

Plus 7 others.


(14 vols.)

757. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 2 titles, including:

CLYMAN, James. James Clyman, American Frontiersman, 1792-1881. The Adventures of a Trapper and Covered Wagon Emigrant as Told in His Own Reminiscences and Diaries. Edited by Charles L. Camp. San Francisco: California Historical Society, 1928. [3]-247 [4, index] pp., frontispiece (tipped-in photograph of Clyman), plate, maps, facsimile. 8vo, original navy blue gilt-lettered cloth. Fine.

First edition in book form (text first printed in the California Historical Society in installments from June 1925 to March 1927); limited edition (Charles L. Camp states in the introduction to the 1960 edition that only 330 copies were printed). Cowan, p. 132. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 88. Graff 769. Howell 50:380: "One of the richest sources of early Western history. The author was one of the first white men to traverse South Pass and, in 1826, to circumnavigate Great Salt Lake." Howes C81: "One of the most trustworthy narratives of the far west, for the period 1842-46; the only Oregon overland journal of 1844." Mintz, The Trail 99: “This is the only overland journal to Oregon for this year.” “An important and interesting journal written by one of the most fascinating of frontiersmen.” Rader 849. Rocq 5867. Smith 1826. Zamorano Eighty 19.

CLYMAN, James. James Clyman American Frontiersman 1792-1881. Portland: Champoeg Press, 1960. Very fine in original red cloth. Enlarged edition of preceding.


(2 vols.)

758. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. COKE, Henry J. A Ride over the Rocky Mountains to Oregon and California. With a Glance at Some of the Tropical Islands, Including the West Indies and the Sandwich Isles. London: Bentley, 1852. x, 388 [2, note] [2, blank] 16 (publisher’s catalogue inserted) pp., lithographed frontispiece portrait. 8vo, modern three-quarter black morocco over marbled boards, spine with raised bands. Text lightly browned. With half title and ads that are often lacking.

First edition. Cowan, p. 134. Graff 796. Hill, p. 57: “A fascinating account of this perilous 1850 expedition, undertaken for sheer adventure by two young Englishmen, in which two of their seven companions perished, and the survival of any was a miracle. Coke was a globe-trotter, and his excessive spirit is thoroughly exhibited in every chapter of this book. His ability to describe easily the sights and sensations of his journey has resulted in a most entertaining book.” Howes C547. Mintz, The Trail 100. Plains & Rockies IV:211. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 44. A short appendix encourages Englishmen to settle in Oregon and outlines the advantages of agriculture and stockraising.


(1 vol.)

759. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. COLLINS, John S. Across the Plains in ‘64. Omaha: National Printing Co., 1904. 151 pp. Green cloth, very good.

First edition. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 94. Graff 809. Howes C554.

COLLINS, John S. Across the Plains in ‘64. Omaha: National Printing Co., 1911. 152 pp. 8vo, original green cloth. Fine.

Second edition. Mintz, The Trail 102: “The second edition, containing two volumes, is considered the more desirable. The 1904 edition is reported to have been printed for friends only, with no copies being offered for sale.” A very difficult book to find.


(2 vols.)

760. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. CONARD, Howard L. “Uncle Dick” Wootton: The Pioneer Frontiersman of the Rocky Mountain Region. Chicago: W. E. Dibble & Co., 1890. Very good in original cloth.

Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 100. Rittenhouse 121.


(1 vol.)

761. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 8 titles, including

CONNELLEY, Wm. E. War with Mexico, 1846-1847. Doniphan's Expedition and the Conquest of New Mexico and California. Topeka: Published by the Author, 1907. xvi, 670 pp., frontispiece portrait, folding maps, plates, illustrations. Large 8vo, original grey pictorial cloth. Upper cover abraded, else fine.

First edition. Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 434: "One of the best editions [of Hughes' Doniphan's Expedition], which contains also the diary of John T. Hughes." Cowan, p. 139. Graff 851. Howes C688. Plains & Rockies IV:134n. Tutorow 3425: "Valuable and well-documented sourcebook."

CUTTS, James M. The Conquest of California and New Mexico, by the Forces of the United States, in the Years 1846 & 1847. Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1847. 264 pp., frontispiece portrait, map. 12mo, early twentieth-century three-quarter olive green levant morocco, spine with raised bands and red leather labels. Binding a little worn, some staining, lacks the engraved title.

First edition. Graff 965. Howes C489. Plains & Rockies IV:131. Rader 1016. Sabin 18208.

GIBSON, G. R. Journal of a Soldier under Kearny and Doniphan 1846-1847. Glendale: Arthur H. Clark, 1935. Very fine in original maroon cloth.

GREGG, Josiah. Commerce of the Prairies: or the Journal of a Santa Fé Trader....Fifth edition. Philadelphia: J. W. Moore, 1855. 2 vols., complete (5 plates and 1 map), 12mo, later three-quarter smooth black calf over marbled boards, spine with raised bands and green morocco labels, t.e.g., red silk book marks (by Root of London). Handsomely bound set, very clean and pleasing. Plains & Rockies 108:14. One of the plates is supplied from a copy of the first edition.

JOHNSTON, A. R. Marching with the Army of the West 1846-1848.... Glendale: Arthur H. Clark, 1936. Very fine in original maroon cloth.

JOHNSTON, James J. Adventures in the Santa Fé Trade. Glendale: Arthur H. Clark, 1931.

Plus 2 others.


(9 vols.)

762. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. COOKE, P. St. G. Scenes and Adventures in the Army: or Romance of Military Life. Philadelphia: Lindsay & Blakiston, 1857. 432 pp. 8vo, original brown blind-stamped cloth. Spine a bit light and extremities slightly worn, front hinge cracked, contemporary ink ownership inscription on title.

First edition. Graff 871. Howes C740. Plains & Rockies 288a: “Cooke’s career in the west began in 1829, with his tour as a lieutenant in the military escort commanded by Major Bennet Riley to guard the Santa Fe traders from depredations. In 1831 he was stationed at Fort Atkinson on the Missouri. In 1845 he set out from Fort Leavenworth (with a command) to escort emigrants bound for Oregon and he returned to Fort Leavenworth by way of Bent’s Fort in the latter part of August, when the book ends.... Cooke wrote ably about his own adventures, and stories that he heard from others as well.”


(1 vol.)

763. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. COUES, Elliott (editor). New Light On the Early History of the Greater Northwest: The Manuscript Journals of Alexander Henry and of David Thompson, 1799-1814. New York: Francis P. Harper, 1897. 3 vols., complete. Fine set.

First edition. Howes H419. Smith 4350. Tweney, Washington 89 #9: “An entirely new and original work printed from the original manuscripts.contains the authors’ daily journals of travels, explorations, and adventures in the fur trade through the Northwest. [Thompson’s] operations give credence to England’s claims to the Oregon Territory. This set is considered by historians to be the most important contribution to Western history and exploration published in the twentieth century.”

(3 vols.)


764. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. COX, Ross. Adventures on the Columbia River, Including the Narrative of a Residence of Six Years on the Western Side of the Rocky Mountains, Among Various Tribes of Indians Hitherto Unknown: Together with a Journey Across the American Continent. New York: Privately printed, 1832. [2, ads] [iii]-xv [1, blank] [25]-335 pp. 8vo, original dark green cloth, remains of original printed paper label. Binding rubbed, discolored, and joints splits. Mild to moderate foxing.

First American edition. Howes C822: “The narratives of Cox, Alexander Ross and Franchere are chief sources for fur trading history in the early Oregon country.” Plains & Rockies 43:2n. Tweney, Washington 89 #8.


(1 vol.)

765. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 4 titles, including:

COYNER, David B. The Lost Trappers: A Collection of Interesting Scenes and Events in the Rocky Mountains....Also, Some Account of the Fur Trade.... Cincinnati: J. A. & U. P. James, 1847. 255 [1, blank] [7, ads] pp. 8vo, original brown cloth (rebacked, original spine retained). Binding worn and chipped at extremities and joints. Foxed and stained.

First edition. Cowan, p. 149. Graff 897. Howes C836. Plains & Rockies IV:130:1: “The hero of this sometimes fictitious account of the beginnings of the American fur trade is Ezekiel Williams, whose ‘old, musty, mutilated journal’ forms the basis for Coyner’s story of exploration and adventure in the Rockies, 1809-13, and an overland journey to California in 1809-10 by two of Williams’s companions, James Workman and Samuel Spencer. David J. Weber has written a fine essay on the authenticity of The Los Trappers in an introduction to a recent edition of the work, Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1970.” Rittenhouse 142.

KEARNY, Stephen Watts. “Report of a Summer Campaign to the Rocky Mountains, &c., in 1845. Headquarters 1st Regiment Dragoons, St. Louis, Mo., September 15, 1845” (pp. 210-220 + map) in Message from the President of the United States to the Two Houses of Congress at the Commencement of the First Session of the Twenty-Ninth Congress. Washington, SED2, 1845. Thick 8vo, disbound. Some staining.

First edition. Plains & Rockies IV:117: “The party left Fort Leavenworth on May 18, 1845, traveled up the North Platte River to Fort Laramie, crossed over South Pass to the Green River, and returned by way of Bent’s Fort to Fort Leavenworth on August 24. Pages 217-20 contain a report from Capt. E. V. Sumner on a trip made from Fort Atkinson to Traverse des Sioux and Devils’ Lake for the purpose of preventing the Red River [Indians’] annual hunt from encroaching on U.S. Territory.

Plus 2 others.


(4 vols.)

766. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 2 titles, including:

CREMONY, John C. Life Among the Apaches. San Francisco: A. Roman & Co., 1868. Original green cloth 8vo. Spine abraded, chipped, hinge worn, moderate foxing to text.

First edition. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 112. Howes C879.


(2 vols.)

767. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. CROSS, Osborne. “A Report in the Form of a Journal, to the Quartermaster General, of the March of the Regiment of Mounted Riflemen to Oregon, from May 18, to October 5, 1849...” pp. 126-240, in: UNITED STATES SENATE. Executive Documents. Second Session of the Thirty First Congress, December 2, 1850. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1851. xxiii (index) [1, blank] 444 [Part 1]; 490 pp., 36 lithographic plates (mostly tinted, some folding) of scenes from the Oregon expedition, charts and other icongraphy not related to Cross expedition. Thick 8vo, original sheep. Binding very worn and covers detached, internally fine, the plates very fine.

This is the Senate edition of the Cross report, which issued in at least four formats (the information in both Howes and Plains & Rockies does not fully cover the various incarnations of this report). Graff 4415. Howes C923. Mintz, The Trail 112. Plains & Rockies IV:181:3: “Detailed description of the emigrant trail to Oregon with thirty-six lithographed views of scenes along the route from Fort Laramie to The Dalles.” This report is historically important, and the marvelous plates are among the earliest of the Oregon Trail. There are many other valuable reports in this volume.


(1 vol.)

768. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. DAVIS, Herman S. (editor). Reminiscences of General William Larimer and of his Son William H. H. Larimer: Two of the Founders of Denver City. Lancaster.: New Era Printing Co., 1918. 256 p., folding chart, plates. Original three-quarter leather, marbled end papers, t.e.g. Very fine.

Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 273. Graff 2400. Howes L102.


(1 vol.)

769. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 5 titles, including:

DAVIS, W. H. H. El Gringo; or, New Mexico and Her People. New York: Harper, 1857. 432 pp., wood-engraved plates. 8vo, original brown embossed cloth. Spine a little light and a few leaves with mild foxing, overall a very good copy.

First edition of one of the earliest full-length books on New Mexico in English. Alliot, p. 63. Dobie, p. 76: “Excellent on manners and customs.” Graff 1021. Howes D139. Plains & Rockies IV:289: “Davis traveled the Santa Fe Trail from Independence to Santa Fe in 1853 and made an excursion to the Navajo country in 1855. His book gives a detailed account of his stay in New Mexico and sketches its history. Davis was one of the first writers to have access to the archives in Santa Fe.” Raines, p. 64.: “Touches somewhat on the early exploration of the Rio Grande region of Texas.” Rittenhouse 153. Saunders 4013. According to the preface, the plates are from drawings by Brevet Lieutenant Colonel Eaton and F. A. Percy, Esq., of El Paso, Texas.

GILLIAM, Albert M. Travels over the Table Lands and Cordilleras of Mexico. During the Years 1843 and 1844.... Philadelphia: Moore; London: Wiley & Putnam, 1846. 455 pp., 3 folding maps, 10 lithographed portraits and views in Mexico. 8vo, original blind-stamped brown cloth (crudely backed with black cloth). Ex-library, with ink stamps of the Colorado School of Mines Library (whose stamps are also on the versos of the maps). Original endpapers replaced. Maps with some splits and tears (no losses).

First edition. Barrett 975 (includes a litho of Indians diving for pearls in the Gulf of California). Graff 1554. Hill, p. 433: “One of the principal travel books on Mexico in the 19th century. Two of the three maps cover United States territory, including what is now Northern California, Oregon, and other portions of the Pacific Northwest.” Howes G179. Plains & Rockies IV:120c:1: “Of particular interest...are the parts dealing with Oregon, California, and the Texan Revolution and subsequent annexation by the U.S.” Raines, p. 94. Wheat, Transmississippi West 510-11; Gold Region 24-25.

KENDALL, George Wilkins. Narrative of the Texan Santa Fé Expedition.... New York: Harper and Brothers, 1844. [2] 405 + [2] 406 pp., folding map, 5 plates. 2 vols., 12mo, original dark brown cloth, gilt-pictorial spines. Worn and shaken, library stamps removed.

First edition, first issue (with 1844 on spines). Basic Texas Books 116. Field 818. Fifty Texas Rarities 26. Graff 2304. Howes K75. Martin & Martin, Maps of Texas and the Southwest, p. 131 & plate 34: “[The map] stimulated renewed interest in Texas and represented another major step toward the inevitable solution of the Texas question later in the decade.” Plains & Rockies IV:110:1. Rader 2157. Raines, p. 131: “No Texas library complete without it.” Rittenhouse 3478. Streeter 1515 & p. 329. Wheat, Transmississippi West 483. Best account of the ill-fated Republic of Texas 1841 expedition to establish jurisdiction over Santa Fe.

Plus 2 others.


(7 vols.)

770. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. DAWSON, Nicholas C. Narrative of Nicholas “Cheyenne” Dawson (Overland to California in ‘41 & ‘49, and Texas in ‘51). San Francisco: Grabhorn, 1933. Very good in d.j.

Cowan 161. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 123. Howes D159. Mintz, The Trail 118: “An important reminiscence, Dawson’s was the last one written by a member of the 1841 party. Only two or three copies are known of the original fifty printed for family and friends (Texas State Library and California State Library have copies).”


(1 vol.)

771. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 9 titles, including:

DECKER, Peter. Diaries of Peter Decker. Overland to California in 1849 and Life in the Mines, 1850-1851. Georgetown: Talisman Press, 1966. 338 pp., map, illustrations. Very fine in original cloth and publisher’s slipcase.

First edition. Mintz, The Trail 120: “Decker’s narrative does not read as smoothly as some other narratives, but more than makes up for this slight defect with an interesting and detailed report of the journey in 1849.”

IRVING, Washington. A Tour of the Prairies. by the Author of “The Sketch-Book.” London: John Murray, 1835. iii-xiii [1] 335 [1, colophon] pp. 12mo, nineteenth-century three quarter dark brown calf over charcoal cloth, spine gilt with black leather label. Half-title not present. Some mild staining and wear to binding, interior fine. Bookplate of noted Western Americana collector W. H. Holliday

First edition (BAL setting with Chapter XXVI correctly designated XXIV on p. xii of Table of Contents). BAL 10139. Howes I86. Plains & Rockies IV:56:1.

WARRE, Henry. Sketches in North America and the Oregon Territory. Barre: Imprint Society, 1970. Fine in original white cloth. Publisher’s slipcase. Reprint of the rare original edited published in 1848. Graff 4543n. Howes W114n. Plains & Rockies IV:157n. Smith 10727.

WISLIZENUS, F. A. A Journey to the Rocky Mountains in 1839. St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society, 1912. Fine in navy blue cloth over drab blue boards. First edition in English, limited edition (500 copies)--first published in St. Louis in German in 1840). Howes W596. Plains & Rockies IV:83.


(9 vols.)

772. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 44 titles, including:

DEVINNY, V. The Story of a Pioneer. Denver: Reed Publishing Co., 1904. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 131. Howes D294. Original beige pictorial cloth. Covers with mild to moderate spotting.

EGAN, Howard R. Pioneering the West 1846 to 1878. Richmond, Utah: Howard R. Egan Estate, 1917. 8vo, original red cloth. Title lightly soiled.

First edition. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 154. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 75: “The Sand Walking Company moved out of Salt Lake in 1849.” Graff 1221. Howes E76. Mintz, The Trail 140.

HUNTER, George. Reminiscences of an Old Timer. Battle Creek: Review and Herald, 1888. 12mo, original red cloth. Covers reattached and spine shellacked. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 154. Graff 2018. Howes H811. Mintz, The Trail 247.

LATHROP, George. Memoirs of a Pioneer. Lusk, Wyoming: The Lusk Herald, [1929]. Very fine in original brown printed wrappers. Howes L119. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 276.

PRINGLE, O. M. Magic River Deschutes. N.p., n.d. 8vo, original green printed wrappers. Fine.

SHERWELL, Samuel. Old Recollections of an Old Boy. New York: Knickerbocker Press, 1923. 8vo, original maroon cloth. Fine.

First edition. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 434. Adams, Guns 1996. Graff 3757. Howes S405. Mintz, The Trail 602.

SMITH, Eugene. Pioneer Epic. Boulder: Johnson Publishing Co., 1951. Very good in original stiff blue boards.

YOUNG, Charles E. Dangers of the Trail in 1865: A Narrative of Actual Events. Geneva, New York, 1912. 8vo, original brown cloth. Very fine. First edition. Adams, Guns 2465. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 540.

Plus 36 others.


(48 vols.)

773. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. [DONNER PARTY]. Lot of 12 titles, including:

ALTROCCHI, Julia C. Snow Covered Wagons: a Pioneer Epic. The Donner Part Expedition 1846-1847. New York: Macmillan Co., 1936. Dust jacket.

BIRNEY, Hoffman. Grim Journey.... New York: Minton, Balch & Co., 1934. Dust jacket.

McGLASHAN, C. F. History of the Donner Party, a Tragedy of the Sierras. Truckee, California: Crowley & McGlashan, [1879]. 193 pp. 8vo, original blind-stamped green cloth. Stitching broken and text loose in book block, very mild foxing.

First edition. Cowan, p. 406. Graff 2610. Libros Californianos, p. 66: “A compilation of all versions of the dramatic Donner tragedy.... Long regarded as the definitive treatise on the subject.” Howes M102. Mintz, The Trail, 318: “Based on actual interviews and correspondence with the survivors." Zamorano Eighty 53: “The first edition in good condition is very rare.”

STEWART, George R., Jr. Ordeal by Hunger: The Story of the Donner Party. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1936.

STOOKEY, Walter M. Fatal Decision: The Tragic Story of the Donner Party. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1950. Dust jacket.

Plus 7 others.


(12 vols.)

774. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 2 titles, including:

DUNIWAY, Abigail J. Captain Gray’s Company; or Crossing the Plains and Living in Oregon. Portland: S. J. McCormick, 1859. 342 pp. 12mo, original blind-stamped sage green cloth. Binding rubbed and faded, hinges split and text feels fragile in binding (some signatures beginning to spring). Blank endsheets absent. Old bookplate (with map of Oregon Territory) of collector Wm. D. Fenton, also signed by Fenton on title, which is stained and has an ink spot that has penetrated the first four leaves. Needs immediate stabilization.

First edition of “the first literary production written and printed in Oregon” (Howes). Cowan, p. 75. Graff 1180. Howes D568. Jones 1408. Plains & Rockies IV:323. Smith 1859.

Plus 1 other.


(2 vols.)

775. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. EASTMAN, Mary. Dahcotah: or, Life and Legends of the Sioux around Fort Snelling. New York: John Wiley, 1849. xiv, 268 pp., 4 toned lithographs by Seth Eastman. 8vo, original olive blind-stamped gilt pictorial cloth. Spine faded and a few light spots on covers, text and plates foxed.

First edition. Field 478. Plains & Rockies IV: 167b: “Mary Henderson Eastman spent the years from 1841 through 1848 at Fort Snelling, where her husband, Captain Seth Eastman, was stationed. During this period, The Eastmans entertained many Indians in their home and undertook a dual recording of the Dakota. While Seth Eastman, a talented artist, portrayed them on canvas, Mary Eastman elicited from them their stories and legends for a written record.”


(1 vol.)

776. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. EMORY, W. H. Notes of a Military Reconnoissance, [sic] from Fort Leavenworth, in Missouri, to San Diego, in California, Including Part of the Arkansas, Del Norte, and Gila Rivers.... Made in 1846-7, with the Advanced Guard of the “Army of the West.” Washington: Senate Executive No. 7 [30th Congress, 1st Session] Wendell and Van Benthuysen, 1848. 416 pp., 40 lithograph plates (24 views, Native Americans, natural history by E. Weber + 12 botanicals by Endicott + 2 anonymous botanicals), 4 maps (including the large folding map in rear pocket). 8vo, original full brown cloth, printed paper spine label. Head of spine and label chipped, 2 plates detached, a few splits at folds to the large folding map.

First edition, the Senate issue, the printing with title page giving Emory’s rank as “Lieut. Col.” rather than “Brevet Major.” The plates of the Senate issue of the Emory report executed by Weber after drawings by John Mix Stanley are the preferred state. Barrett 2751n. Cowan, p. 195. Howell 50:76: “One of the important source books for the Southwest and the Mexican border.” Howes E145. Plains & Rockies IV:148:2. Wheat, Transmississippi West 544: “In many respects, Emory’s map was the most important milestone in the cartographic development and accurate delineation of the Southwest. In its period only the similarly scientifically based reconnaissance maps of Fremont were its equals;” and III, pp. 6-8: “The map of Lieutenant a document of towering significance in the cartographic history of the West. Essentially it is a map of Kearny’s Route, and it contains nothing save that which Emory himself saw.... His map was epoch-making.” In the note to the fourth edition of Plains & Rockies, Becker remarks: “As can be seen from the above list of [11] issues and editions, the printing, binding, and distribution of the report must have been carried out in a welter of disorganization, which has caused much distress among bibliographers and scholars for many years. However, Susan D. McKelvey, in her monumental Botanical Exploration of the Trans-Mississippi West (Cambridge: Arnold Arboretum, 1955), noted a collection of twenty-one issues of the Notes in the library of the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard....” Zamorano Eighty 21. Although the Zamorano Eighty bibliography gives priority to the House issue, Becker, following the McKelvey chronology, lists the Senate issue first.

The plates include Sketch of the Battle of Los Angeles, Upper California. Fought between the Americans and Mexicans January 9th. 1847. which in addition to the battle, shows Pueblo de Los Angeles with about sixteen structures.


(1 vol.)

777. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. ENOS, A. A. [Across the Plains in 1850 (cover title); Personal Recollections of A. A. Enos (caption title)]. [Nebraska: Privately printed, ca. 1905]. [55] pp. Tall 8vo, original brown printed paper wrappers. Text loose in wraps. First two leaves slightly dog-eared at lower edge, else fine.

First edition. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 158. Graff 1252. Howes E160. Mintz, The Trail 143: “This account was first published in the newspaper The Stanton Picket. Enos traveled from Indiana to the area of Hangtown. His description of the journal includes the Pawnee Indians skinning a man alive in Nebraska, and his impressions of the notable spots along the trail. This overland narrative is very hard to find as only a few copies are known to exist.”


(1 vol.)

778. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 5 titles, including:

FARNHAM, Thomas J. Travels in the Great Western Prairies, the Anahuac and Rocky Mountains, and in the Oregon Territory. N.p., 1843. 112 pp., printed in double column. 8vo, later black cloth. Some light staining and occasional foxmarks. Plains & Rockies IV:85:3.

FARNHAM, Thomas J. Map of the Emigrant Road from Independence, Mo., to St. Francisco, California. San Francisco: California Historical Society, 1945. Fine in original red cloth, 4 facsimile maps in rear pocket.

Reprint of the rare original edition of 1849. Editor George Stewart states in his introduction that only two complete copies of the maps and accompaniment are known to exist. Howes J73. Plains & Rockies IV:168n: “having assured the reader that this work is the result of personal experience on the California Trail in 1845, Jefferson then instructs the neophyte immigrant as to the proper equipment, the kind and amount of food to carry, and other essential information, with some references to the Donner Party, which he calls the Reed Party. Wheat...discusses the guide and reproduces the maps, much reduced. The latter were reprinted in full size by the California Historical Society, edited by George R. Stewart (San Francisco: 1945).” Wheat, Transmississippi West III, pp. 93-97.

ROSS, Alexander. The Red River Settlement.... London: Smith, Elder, 1856. 416 [16, ads] pp., lithographed frontispiece plate of Fort Garry. 8vo, original plum cloth. Covers reattached and spine chipped and worn. Hinges strengthened with white cloth tape.

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.

Plus 3 more.


(5 vols.)

779. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. FERGUSON, Charles D. The Experiences of a Forty-niner During Thirty-Four Years’ Residence in California and Australia. Cleveland: Williams, 1888. xviii, 507 pp., wood-engraved plates, text illustrations. 8vo, original dark brown gilt-stamped cloth. Light outer wear, especially at extremities, but generally very good.

First edition. Adams, Guns 707: "Scarce." Cowan, p. 206. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 159. Ferguson 9584. Flake 3324: "Trip to Utah in 1850 with a discussion of Mormonism." Graff 1305. Mintz, The Trail 148: "Ferguson worked in such California mining towns as Nevada City, and (on the Feather River) Gold Run. He describes his overland via South Pass and Salt Lake City, which he actually undertook in 1850." Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 74.


(1 vol.)

780. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. FRANCHERE, Gabriel. Narrative of a Voyage to the Northwest Coast of America in the years 1811, 1812, 1813, and 1814.... New York: Redfield, 1854. 376 [8 ads] pp., engraved frontispiece plate (“Astoria as it Was in 1813”), 2 engraved plates. 8vo, original green cloth. Binding slightly worn.

First edition in English (first edition, Montreal, 1820, about which Streeter comments: “first printed account in book form of John Jacob Astor’s scheme for a fur grading company with headquarters at the mouth of the Columbia, and the first account of the overland journey back from Oregon to the east through Canada”). Graff 1400. Howes F310. Pilling 1323n. Plains & Rockies IV:16:2. .


(1 vol.)

781. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. FRÉMONT, John C. Report of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the Year 1842, and to Oregon and North California in the Years 1843-’44. Washington: [SED174] Gales and Seaton, 1845. 693 pp., 22 lithographic plates (views, fossils, botany, 17 by Weber), 5 maps (including large folding map in rear pocket). 8vo, contemporary three quarter sheep over marbled boards. Occasional foxing (affecting only a few plates). Large folding map present and in very good condition.

First edition, the Senate issue, with astronomical and meteorological observations omitted from subsequent editions. Cowan, p. 223. Edwards, pp. 89-90. Grolier American Hundred 49. Howes F370. Plains & Rockies IV:115:1. The maps are one of the outstanding features of this pivotal report. Wheat, Gold Region 21; Transmississippi West 497 & II, 194-200: “[Frémont’s] report and the Frémont (Preuss) map which accompanied it, changed the entire picture of the West and made a lasting contribution to cartography.... An altogether memorial document in the cartographic history of the West, and for it alone Fremont would deserve to be remembered in history.” Zamorano Eighty 39.


(1 vol.)

782. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 23 titles by and about Frémont, including:

FRÉMONT, John C. Geographical Memoir upon Upper California, in Illustration of his Map of Oregon and California. 67 pp. (lacks map). 8vo, original pale blue printed wrappers. Wraps stained and with contemporary ownership inscriptions.

First printing. Cowan, p. 223. Howes F366. Kurutz, The California Gold Rush 256: “Provided Gold seekers with a reliable summary of the terrain they were about to encounter.” Plains & Rockies IV:150. Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 78. A delightful and interesting narrative of Frémont’s journey through the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys, mentioning many of the early ranchos and native Indians en route.

FRÉMONT, John C. Memoirs of My Life by John Charles Frémont Together with a Sketch of the Life of Senator Benton in Connection with Western Expansion. Chicago: Belford, Clarke & Co., 1887. xx, 655 pp., numerous illustrations and maps (including the large folding map). 4to, original sheep, black leather spine labels (dry and worn).

First edition. Cowan, p. 224. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives 171. Howes F367: “Embraces his first three exploring expeditions and the part played by him in the conquest of California.” Excellent illustrations by Darley, Hamilton and other leading artists.

FRÉMONT, John C. Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountain, in the Year 1842; and to Oregon and North California.... New York: Appleton, 1846. 8vo, original wrappers (soiled and worn, contemporary ownership inscriptions).

Plains & Rockies IV:115:7.

FRÉMONT, John C. Frémont’s Fourth Expedition.... Glendale: Clark, 1960. Very fine in original cloth. Edited by the masterful Hafens.

FRÉMONT, Jessie Benton. A Year of American Travel.... San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1960. Very fine in original brown cloth over patterned boards.

Plus 18 others.


(28 vols.)

783. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. FULLER, Emeline L. Left by the Indians: Story of my Life. Mt. Vernon, Iowa: Hawk-Eye, 1892. 40 pp., ports. 16mo, original blue paper wrappers (marginal chipping).

First edition. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 174. Mintz, The Trail, 168: “This is the only account by a survivor of the extreme hardships suffered by the [1860] Utter-Myers Overland Train.” Howes 407: "Among overland disasters, equaled in horror only by that of the Donner party; cannibalism was resorted to in both cases." Smith 3386.


(1 vol.)

784. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. GALLATIN, E. L. What Life has Taught Me. Denver: Jno. Frederic, [1900]. 215 p. 8vo, plain black cloth covers, spotted, faded in some areas. Text block inexpertly reinforced at hinge with black cloth library tape. Inscribed and signed by author.

First edition. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 175. Graff 1490. Howes G32: "Reminiscences of the maker of the famous Western saddle carrying his name; includes account of his trip from Denver to Virginia City, Montana, in 1886: "Reminiscences of the maker of the famous Western saddle carrying his name; includes account of his trip from Denver to Virginia City, Montana, in 1864."


(1 vol.)

785. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 3 titles, including:

GARRARD, Lewis H. Wah-To-Yah, and the Taos Trail.... Cincinnati and New York: Derby & Co., 1850. vii [1] 349 pp. 8vo, original cloth. Expertly rebacked (original spine preserved). Mild to moderate foxing. A bright copy.

First edition. Graff 1513: “An important Southwest book by a perceptive observer and a thoroughly captivating writer. Edward Eberstadt often recommended this work as the first book that collectors should read about the Southwest.” Howes G70. Plains & Rockies IV:182. Rader 1538. Rittenhouse 236: “Describes his trip over the Santa Fe Trail in the fall of 1846 with Ceran St. Vrain’s train, via Bent’s Fort... Garrard captured the sound of the trapper’s language with a skill equal to Ruxton’s, and this work remains one of the great classics not only on the Trail but of the entire Southwest.” With a copy of the 1931 Grabhorn edition.

Plus 2 others.


(3 vols.)

786. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. GILPIN, William. Mission of the North American People, Geographical, Social, and Political. Illustrated by Six Charts Delineating the Physical Architecture and Thermal Laws of all the Continents. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1873. 217 pp., 6 large folding lithographed maps, brightly colored. 8vo, original terracotta cloth. Minor binding wear, overall fine, the maps excellent.

Second edition, with additions, of author's The Central Gold Region (1860). Alliot, p. 87. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains and the Rockies 184. Graff 1556. Howes G192. Plains & Rockies IV:358n: "Gilpin first crossed the plains to Oregon in 1843 with the Fremont expedition [and] remained involved with the Rocky Mountain West...He was an early advocate of the Pacific Railway...and later became governor of Colorado Territory...According to Camp, [this edition] is 'a unique feature in American literature.'" Smith 3594n. Wheat, Transmississippi West 1010n & 1011n. Geo-political essay urging expansion of U.S. railroad system to connect Asia and North America at the Bering Strait. Excellent maps of the Transmississipi West and Mexico.


(1 vol.)

787. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. GREGG, Josiah. Commerce of the Prairies: or the Journal of a Santa Fé Trader.... New York: Henry G. Langley, 1844. 320 + 318 pp., 6 engraved plates, 2 maps (1 folding), text illustrations. 2 vols., 8vo, original blind-stamped brown cloth with gilt vignette of rider on upper covers and gilt vignette of Indian on spines. Spinal extremities worn, small gouge on Vol. II spine, occasional browning and foxing to interior, front pastedowns slightly abraded where bookplates have been removed, Expertly rebacked and occasional foxing; overall a very good set, with the important map in excellent condition (seldom encountered thus).

First edition, first issue, with two maps and without the glossary and index. Dobie, p. 76: “One of the classics of bedrock Americana.” Flake 3716. Graff 1659. Howes G401. Plains & Rockies IV:108:1. Raines, p. 99. Rittenhouse 255: “A cornerstone of all studies on the Santa Fe Trail.” Streeter 1502. Wheat, Transmississippi West 482 & I, p. 186: “A cartographic landmark.” A cornerstone book of Western Americana, in content, impact, and from a cartographic perspective. “Conveying the impression of a well-populated region, the map must have whetted the interest of prospective traders on the trail to New Mexico. Finally, in a concession to geographic reality, Gregg mapped for the first time the Llano Estacado.... A blend of optimism and reality, Gregg’s map was certainly one of the best of the southern plains before the Mexican War” (John L. Allen, “Patterns of Promise” in Mapping the North American Plains, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1987, p. 51 & Fig. 3.7).


(1 vol.)

788. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 7 titles, including:

GREGG, Josiah. Commerce of the Prairies: Or the Journal of a Santa Fé Trader, during Eight Expeditions across the Great Western Prairies, and a Residence of Nearly Nine Years in Northern Mexico. New York: Henry G. Langley, 1844. 320 + 318 pp., 6 engraved plates, 2 maps (one folding). 2 vols., 12mo, original brown pictorial cloth stamped in gilt and blind. Binding worn and spine damaged, some soiling and foxing (heavy on some of the plates); the important map is fine.

First edition, first issue, with two maps and without the glossary and index. Dobie, p. 76: “One of the classics of bedrock Americana.” Flake 3716. Graff 1659. Howes G401. Plains & Rockies IV:108:1. Raines, p. 99. Rittenhouse 255: “A cornerstone of all studies on the Santa Fe Trail.” Streeter 1502. Wheat, Transmississippi West 482 & I, p. 186: “A cartographic landmark.” A cornerstone book of Western Americana, in content, impact, and from a cartographic perspective. “Conveying the impression of a well-populated region, the map must have whetted the interest of prospective traders on the trail to New Mexico. Finally, in a concession to geographic reality, Gregg mapped for the first time the Llano Estacado.... A blend of optimism and reality, Gregg’s map was certainly one of the best of the southern plains before the Mexican War” (John L. Allen, “Patterns of Promise” in Mapping the North American Plains, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1987, p. 51 & Fig. 3.7).

Plus 6 others.


(10 vols.)

789. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. HAFEN, LeRoy R. & Ann W. (editors). The Far West and Rockies Historical Series, 1820-1875 [series title]. Glendale, 1954-1961. 15 vols., complete, 8vo, green cloth. Fine.

Clark & Brunet 104: “The relationship of LeRoy Hafen with the Clark Company commenced with the publication of The Overland Mail, was continued with the Fort Laramie and the final volumes of the Southwest Historical Series, and was fully established with the inception and publication of the 15-volume Far West & Rockies Series. Containing rare documents and journals dealing with the opening of the Rocky Mountain West, this series received immediate acclaim from both the academic and general audience.... A work of enduring quality and scholarship.” Mintz, The Trail 193. Paher 744-48. Series consists of the following:

I. ARMIJO, Antonio & Orville Pratt. Old Spanish Trail: Santa Fe to Los Angeles.... 377 [6] pp., frontispiece, plates, maps. Paher 745. “Here is a fine historical study of this famous trail.” Plains & Rockies IV:39a:2n.

II. YOUNG, Sheldon, et al. Journals of Forty-Niners, Salt Lake to Los Angeles: With Diaries and Contemporary Records.... 333 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates, maps. Edwards, Enduring Desert 13. Mintz, The Trail 194. Paher 746: “Hafen correlates primary sources—journals, letters, diaries, illustrations, maps. These types of written references are probably the best source because they represent the writer-traveller in his most natural state, unfettered by any design towards publication or need to conform to another’s desires.... A most valuable study.”

III. SMITH, Sidney, et al. To the Rockies and Oregon, 1839-1842: With Diaries and Accounts.... 315 pp., frontispiece, plates, map. Mattes 49, 62. Rittenhouse 273. Plains & Rockies IV:77an, 85n, 105n.

IV-V. 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.” 353 [1] + 361 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates, maps. 2 vols. Cowan, p. 548n. Howes S16. Mattes 61. Rittenhouse 502. The first edition (1846) is one of the Fifty Texas Rarities (30).

VI. BELL, John R. Journal of.... Glendale, 1957. 349 pp., portraits, plates, maps. Mattes 3. Rittenhouse 30. Plains & Rockies IV:25:2n.

VII. HEAP, G. H. Central Route to the Pacific...With Related Material on Railroad Explorations and Indian Affairs by Edward F. Beale, Thomas H. Benton, Kit Carson, and Col. E. A. Hitchcock, and in Other Documents, 1853-1854. 346 pp., frontispiece, plates, map. Cowan, p. 273n. Edwards, Desert Harvest 14. Howes H378. Paher 747: “During the early 1850s western railroad explorations were firmly pursued. Here is the journal of the expedition of Edward F. Beale and Heap, who followed the Spanish Trail in August 1853 through southern Nevada and California while surveying the central route to California.... With its picturesque descriptions of the places he visited, Heap is among the most readable of the early journalists. Early camel material is contained in an appendix.” Rittenhouse 290.

VIII. The Utah Expedition, 1857-1858: A Documentary Account of the United States Military Movement Under Colonel Albert Sidney Johnston, and the Resistance by Brigham Young and the Mormon Nauvoo Legion. 375 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates, map. Mattes 1614.

IX. LOWE, P. G., J. E. B. Stuart, et al. Relations with the Indians of the Plains, 1857-1861: A Documentary Account of the Military Campaigns, and Negotiations of Indian Agents—with Reports and Journals...Other Official Papers. 310 pp., frontispiece portrait, plates, map.

X. JACKSON, William Henry. The Diaries of William Henry Jackson, Frontier Photographer, to California and Return, 1866-67; and with the Hayden Surveys to the Central Rockies, 1873, and to the Utes and Cliff Dwellings, 1874. 345 pp., frontispiece, plates, map. Mattes 2063.

XI. FRÉMONT, John C., et al. Fremont’s Fourth Expedition: A Documentary Account of the Disaster of 1848-49, with Diaries, Letters, and Reports by Participants in the Tragedy. 319 pp., frontispiece, plates, maps. Rittenhouse 264.

XII. Powder River Campaigns and Sawyers Expedition of 1865: A Documentary Account Comprising Official Reports, Diaries, Contemporary Newspaper Accounts, and Personal Narratives. 386 pp., frontispiece, plates, map. Jennewein, Black Hills Booktrails 71. Mattes 2026.

XIII. WILDMAN, T. G., et al. Reports from Colorado...1859-1865.... 333 pp., frontispiece, plates, map.

XIV. HAFEN, LeRoy R. & Ann W. (editors). Handcarts to Zion: The Story of a Unique Western Migration, 1850-1860, with Contemporary Journals, Accounts, Reports; and Rosters of Members of the Ten Handcart Companies. 328 pp., frontispiece, plates, map.

XV. HAFEN, LeRoy R. & Ann W. (editors). Far West and Rockies: General Analytical Index to the Fifteen Volume Series and Supplement to the Journals of Forty-Niners, Salt Lake to Los Angeles. 360 pp., plates.


(15 vols.)

790. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. HAFEN, Mary Ann. Recollections of a Handcart Pioneer of 1860: with some Account of Frontier Life in Utah and Nevada. Denver: Privately printed, 1938.

First edition. Mintz, The Trail 196: “The niece of Utah pioneer John Stucki, Mary Ann was the mother of the well known historian Leroy Hafen. She crossed the plains with her family, having come all the way from Switzerland. All handcart users had to walk, and she says of her mother, ‘By this time mother’s feet were so swollen that she could not wear shoes, but had to wrap her feet with cloth.’ Appendix B is a family record. This is a tough book to find.”


(1 vol.)

791. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 15 titles, including:

HAKOLA, John W. Frontier Omnibus. Missoula: Montana State University Press, 1962. Very fine in full buckskin.

Limited edition (#114 of 298 copies). Russell illustrations.

LAUT, Agnes C. Blazed Trail of the Old Frontier. New York: Robert M. McBride, 1926. Very fine in original pictorial cloth.

Limited edition (#88 of 200 signed copies). Russell illustrations.

McDERMOTT, John F. Travelers on the Western Frontier. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1970. Very fine in d.j.

McKELVEY, Susan D. Botanical Exploration of the Trans-Mississippi West 1790-1850. Jamaica Plain, MA: The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, 1955. Thick 8vo, original green cloth. Very fine. The definitive work on the subject.

MORGAN, Dale L. (ed.). Overland in 1846: The California-Oregon Trail. Georgetown, California : The Talisman Press, 1963. 2 vols., complete, illustrated, original half black morocco. Fine in publisher’s slipcase.

First edition, limited edition. Mintz, The Trail 336. Paher 1333.

Plus 10 others.


(16 vols.)

792. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. HEAP, Gwinn H. Central Route to the Pacific, from the Valley of the Mississippi to California.... Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo, and Co., 1854. Plates (lacking map). 8vo, original brown cloth. Some wear and extremities chipped.

Cowan, p. 273. Graff 1873: “Some of the areas explored are here described for the first time.” Howes H378: “Map not inserted in all copies.” Plains & Rockies IV:235 Rittenhouse 290. Edwards Enduring Desert, p. 110-11: “The most significant desert reference...relates to an account given by the Rev. James W. Brier - one of the original pioneer emigrants who crossed Death Valley in 1849...the earliest published account of Death Valley...of all the journals and diaries telling of the Mojave desert crossing, none appears comparable to the Heap in sheer readability and in picturesque descriptive quality.”


(1 vol.)

793. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 5 titles, including:

HUGHES, John T. Doniphan’s Expedition; Containing an Account of the Conquest of New Mexico; General Kearney’s Overland Expedition to California; Doniphan’s Campaign against the Navajos; His Unparalleled March upon Chihuahua and Durango; and the Operations of General Price at Santa Fe.... Cincinnati: U. P. James, [copyright on title verso, 1847]. viii [9]-144 pp., frontispiece of “The Volunteer,” woodcut text illustration, military maps (Battles of Santa Fe, Brazito [El Paso area], etc. 8vo, original salmon pictorial wrappers bound in later three-quarter crimson morocco over marbled boards, spine with raised bands (binding by MacDonald of New York). Occasional mild foxing to text, otherwise exceptionally fine and clean.

Early issue, mixed state. Bennett, American Book Collecting, p. 97. Cowan, p. 115. Fifty Texas Rarities 32n (noting that only one, or possibly two, copies of the first issue with 1847 on the title-page are extant): “This expedition, which ended by land at Matamoros, is still considered one of the most brilliant long marches ever made; the force, with no quartermaster, paymaster, commissary, uniforms, tents, or even military discipline, covered 3,600 miles by land and 2,000 by water, all in the course of twelve months.” Hill, p. 452. Howes H769: “Doniphan’s and Kearny’s conquests gave the U.S. its claim to New Mexico and Arizona.” Rader 1970n. Rittenhouse 311: “A classic work on the expedition along the Santa Fe Trail during the Mexican War. Cowan, p. 115. Howes H769: “Doniphan’s and Kearney’s conquests gave the U.S. its claim to New Mexico and Arizona.” Plains & Rockies IV:134: “Hughes’s brightly written account of the regiment proved popular; by 1851 the Jameses reported more than 14,000 copies, and it remained in print for many years thereafter. Despite the quantity, and the many printings, it is now rare and avidly sought.” Rittenhouse 311: “A classic work.”

HUGHES, John T. Doniphan’s Expedition.... Cincinnati: J. A. & U. P. James, 1848. 407 pp., two engraved frontispieces, folding map. Later half dark brown calf over mottled boards. Map browned, some foxing and staining.

Second edition, revised and enlarged. Plains & Rockies IV:134:3.

Plus 3 others.


(5 vols.)

794. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. [HUGHES, W. E.] The Journal of a Grandfather by W. E. H. Gramp. [St. Louis]: Nixon-Jones Printing Company, [1912]. 239 pp., frontispiece portrait, photoplates. 8vo, original half maize cloth over boards. Fine.

First edition, privately printed in an edition of 100 copies. Dykes, Collecting Range Life Literature, p. 9: "Very rare." Dornbusch II:1042: "Hughes served in the 1st Texas artillery and as a Colonel of the 16th Confederate states cavalry." Author's account of his life as a soldier, cowboy, ranchman, and stagecoach driver in the West. He served under McCulloch in the Confederate Army and settled in Young County, Texas. Howes G856.


(1 vol.)

795. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 6 titles, including:

HULBERT, et al. (editors). Overland to the Pacific [series title]. N.p.: The Stewart Commission of Colorado College and The Denver Public Library, 1932-1941. Series titles include:

1. Zebulon Pike’s Arkansaw Journal....

2. Southwest on the Turquoise Trail.... Rittenhouse 303.

3. Where Rolls the Oregon....

4. The Call of the Columbia....

5. The Oregon Crusade....

6. Marcus Whitman, Crusader.... 3 vols.

8 vols., original navy blue cloth, final three vols. in dust wrappers. Vol. 4 is ex-library, with ink stamps on endpapers and at imprint on title, Vol. 5 has some white stains on lower cover, the rest are very fine.


(8 vols.)

796. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 7 titles, including:

IRVING, Washington. Astoria.... Philadelphia: Carey and Lea, 1836. 2 vols. 285 + 279 [1] [8, ads] pp., folding engraved map. 2 vols., original brown floral cloth. Spines defective, bindings worn, text waterstained and with occasional mild to moderate foxing.

First edition, first issue (Henry W. Rees, Stereotyper on title verso). Howes I81: “Classic account of the first American attempt at settlement on the Pacific Coast.” Plains & Rockies IV:61:1. Tweney, Washington 89 #34: “Astor persuaded Irving to undertake this story of his ill-fated enterprise at the mouth of the Columbia River in 1834. Irving had the use of all of Astor’s notes and manuscripts. Irving’s book is indispensable to the student of early western history, and all collectors will want at least several editions in their libraries.”

IRVING, Washington. Astoria; or Enterprise Beyond the Rocky Mountains. London: Richard Bentley, 1836. 3 vols., complete, nineteenth century three-quarter navy blue calf over marbled boards, brown spine labels. Early ownership inscription and book-plates of Thomas Morland. Bindings rubbed and worn, some soiling.

First English edition of preceding.

IRVING, Washington. A Tour of the Prairies. by the Author of “The Sketch-Book.” London: John Murray, 1835. iii-xiii [1] 335 [1] pp. 12mo, three-quarter contemporary calf over marbled boards, spine gilt. Lacking half title, boards slightly rubbed.

First edition (BAL setting with Chapter XXVI incorrectly designated XXIV on p. xii of Table of Contents). BAL 10139. Howes I86. Plains & Rockies IV:56:1: “Irving...accompanied Indian Commissioner Henry L. Ellsworth and his party on a tour of the southern Great Plains in the fall of 1832.... The tour was an unusually well-recorded journey.”

IRVING, Washington. The Rocky Mountains: Or, Scenes, Incidents, and Adventures in the Far West.... Philadelphia: Carey, Lea, and Blanchard, 1837. 248 + 248 pp., 2 folding engraved maps. 12mo, original blue cloth with printed paper spine labels. Bindings rubbed, labels slightly chipped and dark, Vol. I title stained, two hinges cracked, some tears to maps but no losses. Chas. H. Rogers’ (of Ravenswood Long Island) copy, with his ink stencilled contemporary ownership on pastedown of Vol. I. An old catalogue slip pasted to front free endpaper of Vol. I declares: “In very good condition For an American publication of this period.” With the yellow printed bookseller’s label of John Howell, Importer, San Francisco at rear of Vol. II.

First American edition. BAL 10151. Graff 2160. Howes I85. Smith 5046.

Plus 3 others.


(11 vols.)

797. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. JOHNSTON, J. E., et al. Reports of the Secretary of War, with Reconnaissances of Routes from San Antonio to El Paso...also, the Report of Capt. R. B. Marcy’s Route from Fort Smith to Santa Fe; and the Report of J. H. Simpson of an Expedition into the Navajo Country; and the Report of Lieutenant W. H. C. Whiting’s Reconnaissances of the Western Frontier of Texas. SED No. 64. Washington, D.C., 1850. 250 pp., 2 large folding maps, 72 lithographed plates (many colored, some folding). 8vo, original dark brown blind-stamped cloth. Binding worn and chipped at extremities, lower hinge cracked, interior age-toned and with mild to moderate staining and foxing, tears to the large folding map (no loss of image). Contemporary ink ownership inscription.

First edition. Alliot, p. 119. Basic Texas Books 111: “A valuable compendium of reports of government exploration that led to the opening of West Texas to travel and settlement.” Bennett, p. 63. Field 1413: “One of the most accurate and complete of all the narratives of exploration of the country of the Zuñi and Pueblo Indians.” Howes J170. Meisel III:113. Plains & Rockies IV:184. Raines, p. 218. Schwartz & Ehrenberg, p. 279: “Among the earliest chromolithographs to appear in a government report.” Wheat, Transmississippi West 641.


(1 vol.)

798. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 7 titles, including:

JONES, Daniel W. Forty Years among the Indians.... Salt Lake City, 1890. 400 pp. (without the portrait that Mintz notes is not found in all copies). 8vo, original black gilt-lettered and blind-stamped sheep. Spine loose and binding worn.

First edition. Graff 2234. Howes D207. Mintz, The Trail 262: “Surprised by an early and devastating winter, 145 of the 376 Mormon Handcart pioneer members of Edward Martin’s Company perished. A dramatic rescue of the survivors took place from a stone refuge near Devil’s Gate Wyoming. One of these, Daniel Jones, writes firsthand about this incident, along with many others, as he relates his adventurous life.”

LONG, Margaret. The Shadow of the Arrow. Caldwell: Caxton, 1941. 310 pp., maps, illustrations. Very fine in d.j.

First edition. Edwards, The Enduring Desert, p. 159: “A carefully-written and authentic account of Death Valley, coupled with intelligent exploratory findings of the physical routes traversed by the emigrants of 1849—from Salt Lake, across Nevada, and thence to the Coast. The Doctor’s book has not sustained itself by a parasitic nourishment upon the research of others. Here is a vigorous, first-hand contribution to Death Valley literature; one of the best, in my opinion, that has ever been made available. I would rate it among the first half-dozen Death Valley items of paramount importance.” Mintz, The Trail 299: “Contains most of the diary of forty-niner Sheldon Young... Young started from Joliet, went through Salt Lake City and Describes his route from there to Death Valley.”

Plus 5 others.


(7 vols.)

799. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 2 titles:

KELLY, Charles & Maurice L. Howe. Miles Goodyear: First Citizen of Utah, Trapper, Trader and California Pioneer. Salt Lake City: Privately Printed for the Author by the Western Printing Company, 1937. Very fine in faded d.j.

First edition. Howes K56.

KELLY, Charles. Salt Desert Trails: A History of the Hastings Cutoff and Other Early Trails which Crossed the Great Salt Desert Seeking a Shorter Road to California. Salt Lake City: Western Printing Co., 1930. Mint in stiff green embossed pictorial boards.

First edition. Edwards, Enduring Desert, p. 87: “Mr. Kelly explains that the present Great Salt Lake, in Utah, is but an insignificant remnant of a once mighty inland sea of fresh water... Across the seemingly endless monotony of this Salt Desert traveled many of the California emigrant parties. Some mention of Death Valley.” Howes K59.


(2 vols.)

800. [WESTERN OVERLANDS]. KENDALL, George W. Narrative of the Texan Santa Fé Expedition, Comprising a Description of a Tour Through Texas.... New York: Harper & Brothers, 1844. [2] 405 + xii, [11]-406 pp., folding map, 5 plates. 2 vols., 12mo, original dark brown cloth, gilt-pictorial spines. Binding worn and frayed (particularly at extremities, corners and joints).

First edition, first issue (1844 on spines) of the best account of the Republic of Texas’ abortive 1841 expedition to capture Santa Fe. Basic Texas Books 116: “One of the best campaign narratives ever written.” Graff 304. Howes K75. Plains & Rockies IV:110. Raines, p. 131: “No Texas library complete without it.” Rittenhouse 347. Fifty Texas Rarities 26. Streeter 1515 (also cited on p. 329 as one of the most desirable books for a Texas collection and described as “the standard account”). Tate 2073: “Descriptions of Comanches and their powerful hold over the Texas Panhandle.” Kendall, founder of the New Orleans Picayune and an enthusiastic promoter of Texas, joined the ill-fated expedition. After considerable diplomatic pressure, the Mexicans released Kendall. Tremendously popular, the work saw seven editions by 1856.


(2 vols.)

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