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Pingenot Auction, Lot 52

52. BROWNE, John Ross. Adventures in the Apache Country: A Tour Through Arizona and Sonora.... New York: Harper & Brothers, 1869. 535 [1, blank] [4 pp., ads] pp., 155 spirited woodcut illustrations by author. 12mo, original brown cloth with gilt lettering on spine. Fine copy, with an 1868 gift inscription.
        First edition. Eberstadt 120:24: "No other work gives so vivid or such an accurate account of the country and of the terrors which then attended border life in Arizona, where one-twentieth of the population had been swept away by the attacks of the Apaches in three years." Edwards, Desert Voices, pp. 24-25. Farquahar 26. Field 197." Graff 437. Howes B875 (aa). Munk (Alliott), p. 40 (listing the English edition and a later New York edition). Paher 218: "Among the all time great Nevada books." Rader 519. Browne, an Irishman by birth, had a varied career as a traveler, author, government servant (including a brief appointment as Minister to China) and reporter. Brown had a keen sense of humor as well as a sharp eye, and his narrative descriptions and sketches of the Southwest provide an invaluable historical record. Paher refers to the woodcuts in this volume as ‘priceless,’ remarking further that many of them are ‘the only representation of the people and places ever made.’ Pingenot: Browne accompanied Charles D. Poston on his tour as Indian agent. The book contains a sketch of the Arizona career of Sylvester Mowry; an account of S. F. Butterworth’s adventures in Arizona; the Oatman captivity, etc. Very scarce in nice collector’s condition.