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Pingenot Auction, Lot 400

400. [MODERN OVERLANDS]. Lot of 5 titles (mostly 8vo, original bindings, very fine to good), including:

COUTS, Cave J. From San Diego to the Colorado in 1849: The Journal and Maps of Cave J. Couts. Los Angeles: Arthur M. Ellis (for the Zamorano Club), 1932. 3 maps. 16mo, cloth-backed boards, printed paper spine label. Fine.
         First edition. Howes C811. Pingenot: Cave Johnson Couts was appointed to West Point through his uncle, Cave Johnson, Secretary of the Treasury under President Polk. He graduated USMA in 1843, served in the Mexican War, and came to California with Graham’s Battalion as lieutenant of the 1st Dragoons. In 1849 Couts conducted the Whipple Expedition from San Diego to the Colorado River, and it was on this expedition that he wrote the diary here printed for the first time.

FOWLER, Jacob. The Journal of Jacob Fowler: Narrating an Adventure from Arkansas through the Indian Territory, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico, to the Sources of Rio Grande del Norte, 1821-22. New York: Francis P. Harper, 1898. xxiv, 183 [3] pp., folding frontispiece (facsimile). Original blue cloth, gilt spine. Very fine, bright copy.
First edition, limited edition (#413 of 950 numbered copies). Edited, with notes, by Elliott Coues. Howes F298. Rittenhouse 224. Pingenot: Fowler was 57 years old and had already survived a long career, dating back to 1782, as a scout, hunter, frontier trader, and surveyor, when, in 1821, he embarked on this trading and trapping expedition to the headwaters of the Arkansas River. His journal of that trip, published here for the first time, describes a trek from Fort Smith, Arkansas, to the present site of Pueblo, Colorado, a season of trapping in and around New Mexico, and a return to St. Louis in 1822. Fowler and his party were the first Americans, after Zebulon Pike, to see much of the country they crossed.

KILGORE, William H. The Kilgore Journal of an Overland Journey to California in the Year 1850. New York: Hastings House, 1949. Original boards with printed paper labels on front cover and backstrip. Publisher’s slipcase with paper label. Perimeter mend to slipcase where worn, else fine.
         First printing, limited edition from the original manuscript journal of William H. Kilgore. Mattes, Platte River Road Narratives 861: "His language is quaint but vivid...[his journal is] one of the most valuable records of 1850." (548). Pingenot: Narrative of a journey from Keokuk, Iowa, that began on April 10, 1850. Kilgore’s party crossed the Missouri River to Fort Laramie, continued via South Pass to Salt Lake City, then over the Sierra Nevada summit and into the Sacramento Valley and Hangtown on August 5.

MAJORS, Alexander. Seventy Years on the Frontier: Alexander Major’s Memoirs of a Lifetime on the Border. Chicago & New York: Rand, McNally & Company, 1893. Frontispiece, illustrations, ads. Original gilt pictorial cloth. Very fine, bright copy.
         First edition. Cowan, p. 412. Dobie, p. 79. Graff 2664. Howes M232. Munk (Alliott), p. 144. Rittenhouse 394. Smith 6488. Pingenot: Majors, who served in the Mexican War, inaugurated the Pony Express and developed the Overland Mail. His memoirs contain accounts of his trips to the Rockies in 1827, and across the plains to California in 1849; Colorado in the sixties; adventures among the Indians and Mormons. A valuable narrative of pioneer and border experiences from 1820 onward. Majors later participated with Buffalo Bill in his Wild West shows.

SMITH, George G. The Life and Times of George Foster Pierce, D.D., LL.D. Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.... Sparta: Hancock Publishing Company, 1888. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations. Original embossed cloth, gilt title. Lower spine rubbed, else fine.
         First edition. Pingenot: A bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Pierce describes his travels to Missouri in 1855, Indian Territory in 1856, Texas and Kansas (border warfare), and to California in 1859 by the southern route across Texas. Bibliographically unknown and rare.

(5 vols.)