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Pingenot Auction, Lot 100

100. ELLIOTT, Richard Smith. Notes Taken in Sixty Years. St. Louis: R. P. Studley & Co., 1883. [4] 336 pp., frontispiece portrait (photogravure). 8vo, original tan cloth, gilt lettered and decorated spine. Binding rubbed, upper hinge weak, title partially detached. Author’s signed presentation copy dated in 1884.
        First edition, first issue (with the portrait present). Bradford 1634. Eberstadt 114:291: "Chapters on old-time mining, railroads of long ago, the first locomotive in Illinois, Indians, early California, etc."; Eberstadt, Modern Overlands 156. Garrett, The Mexican-American War, p. 210. Graff 1236. Howes E111: "Port[rait] not in later issues." Rittenhouse 186: "Elliott spent many years in Saint Louis and also went up the Missouri. He describes his trip over the Santa Fe Trail with Doniphan’s column during the Mexican War and his return east over the Trail in 1847." Tutorow 3642. Elliott includes a very humorous account of his aborted attempt to emigrate from Pittsburgh to Texas in 1837 when he encountered the fine and large steamer Constellation with a lone star flag with a German captain recruiting emigrants (or more probably, soldiers). This lively little episode should be reprinted. Pingenot: Scarce in the first edition. Elliott was an Indian agent in Council Bluffs in the 1830s and was a member of Doniphan’s expedition. Three chapters are devoted to the expedition and newspaper editor in St. Louis, friend of the Indian and promoter of Western railroads. There are accounts of visits to Presidents Harrison and Tyler and the presentation of a delegation of Pottowatime chiefs to President Polk. Very scarce.