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Pingenot Auction, Lot 252

252. POWERS, Stephen. Afoot and Alone; A Walk from Sea to Sea by the Southern Route. Adventures and Observations in Southern California, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, etc.... Hartford: Columbian Book Company, 1872. [vii]-xvi [17]-327 [1] 1 (ad) pp. (complete), engraved frontispiece, plates, and text illustrations by True Williams. 8vo, original green gilt pictorial cloth. Slightly shelf slanted and light wear and staining to binding, a few signatures weak, internally fine.
         First edition. Clark, New South I:177. Cowan, p. 498. Edwards, p. 202. Graff 3339. Hamilton, Early American Book Illustrators and Wood Engravers 1995 & I, pp. 223-24. Howell, California 50:723. Howes P537. Munk (Alliott), p. 181. Rocq 16356. Zamorano Eighty 61: "A highly interesting book by the first man, probably, who ever walked alone from one coast to the became so popular and was so widely read that it is today almost impossible to find a fine copy." "[Afoot and Alone] differed significantly from other travel narratives of the day. Instead of touting the famous and novel, Powers had made a special effort to seek out the common folk along the way. In his pages he graphically pictured Southerners struggling to recover from a tragic civil war; emigrants wrestling with the rigors of wagon travel; frontiersmen battling hostile Indians; and native groups in California yielding to waves of newcomers....His book offered perceptive insights into the nature and diversity of American society during the restless age."—Harwood Hinton, from the introduction of the Book Club of Texas edition (1995).($150-300)