New York: Harper & Brothers, 1846. Two volumes. ,[iii]-xxix,-255; 240pp., as issued. Original publisher's rust cloth stamped in blind and gilt, spine gilt. Moderate wear and rubbing, spine ends with shallow chips, spines sunned, corners worn. Faint, neat ownership stamp on both titlepages. Minor scattered foxing. About very good. Item #WRCAM55218
An important overland narrative, edited by J. Watson Webb. The book was based on William Drummond Stewart's sporting and fur trading expeditions in 1832, 1838, and 1842 led by the Scottish nobleman who hired Alfred Jacob Miller to write his last adventure in the Rockies before taking over the lordship of Murthley Castle. The account includes the great rendezvous in 1837 where mountain men, Indians, and "savage" white men gathered to trade and socialize. "The Englishman [Stewart], an ardent sportsman, spent five years...in the wilds between the Mississippi and the Pacific...Indian life, character, and legends form the staple of [the] composition" - Field. Stewart also befriended Alfred Jacob Miller, who accompanied him on his later trips to the Rockies. GRAFF 3986. FIELD 1632. HOWES S991, "aa." PHILLIPS SPORTING BOOKS, p.360. WAGNER-CAMP 125. SABIN 91392. SMITH 9911. REESE, BEST OF THE WEST 96.