Urbana, Il. 1988. xiv,,632pp. including map. Quarto. Cloth, gilt title on front board, spine gilt. Fine. Item #WRCAM29652
Two thousand eighty-two entries describing manuscripts and books regarding overland travel in the American West in the 19th century. The entries are arranged chronologically, and give the name of the emigrant, the route followed, highlights of the content, and Mattes' own comments as to value of the work (including a "star" system ascribing a historical and literary value). A very useful bibliographical reference, of value to the historian, the collector, and the bookseller.