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Pingenot Auction, Lot 276

276. RUXTON, George F[rederick Augustus] Adventures in Mexico and the Rocky Mountains. New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1848. 312 pp. 12mo, original blind-stamped teal cloth, gilt-decorated spine with gilt lettering. Light foxing, as usual, otherwise a fine, bright copy. Modern ownership inscription on front endpaper.
         First American edition (with 1848 date on title) Plains & Rockies IV:139:2. Pingenot: The date "1849" appears on the spine because the sheets, printed late in the year, were not bound until early in 1849. In 1846 this young Englishman landed at Vera Cruz and went northward to El Paso, Santa Fe and Taos, then eastward in 1847 via Bent’s Fort on the Santa Fe Trail. Fine description of pioneer life, Indians, buffalo, etc. as the author describes his journey along the Red River and the Arkansas, then down the Missouri by steamboat and by stagecoach to Chicago. One of the great Southwestern classics.