Cincinnati. 1865. 264pp. plus 24pp. of advertisements. Publisher's cloth, spine gilt, neatly rebacked, with original spine laid down, corners renewed. 19th-century bookplate on front pastedown, moderate foxing, as usual. Very good. Item #WRCAM52369
A scarce account of an expedition to the Northwest beginning at Council Bluffs, via the North Platte to Fort Kearny, Fort Laramie, and South Pass. Fry travelled through Washington Territory and spent a winter there as a school teacher. Afterwards he journeyed to British Columbia and then to the mining regions of northern Idaho and western Montana. He gives one of the first accounts of the Boise Placers and the Alder Gulch mines, as well as descriptions of early camps, Virginia City, Gallatin, and the Bannock and Salmon River mines, with a chapter on Utah and the Mormon settlement. He also recounts experiences in the wilderness and among the Indians, together with faithful delineations of the route, the natural resources, features, and curiosities of the regions traversed. "Earliest accounts of the Idaho and Montana mines, visited in 1862 and 1864" - Howes. GRAFF 1457. HOWES F398, "b." SABIN 26095. WAGNER-CAMP 416. FLAKE 3484. STREETER SALE 3074. BRADFORD 1805. JONES 1480. SMITH 3380.