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Pingenot Auction, Lot 116

116. FRÉMONT, John C. and Jessie B. Memoirs of My Life...Including in the Narrative Five Journeys of Western Exploration.... Chicago & New York: Belford, Clark, 1887. xx, 655 pp., 82 plates including steel & wood engravings, photogravures, 1 chromolithograph and 7 maps (2 colored, 4 folding). Large 4to. A splendid copy in original half-morocco presentation binding, elaborate endpapers, spine extra gilt, preserved in a tan cloth slipcase.
        First edition. Cowan, p. 224. Eberstadt, Modern Narratives of the Plains & Rockies 171. Howes F367: "Embraces his first 3 exploring expeditions and the part played by him in the conquest of California." Larned 2035. Rittenhouse 228. Pingenot: The great Pathfinder’s own story of his first three exploring expeditions and his role in the conquest of California, at least partly ghostwritten by his talented wife Jessie, who also provides a "sketch of the life of Senator Benton in connection with Western expansion." Excellent illustrations by Darley, Hamilton, and other leading artists, plus unique daguerreotype photos of the West, and a color plate engraved by Frank Key. The large folding map (often lacking) is tipped to the inner rear cover. A second volume was contemplated but never issued. This work is becoming quite scarce in decent condition.