Columbus: Long's College Book Co., 1951. xvii,601,pp. plus frontispiece portrait and seventeen plates. Large octavo. Original pebbled maroon cloth, gilt spine title, front board with embossed portrait and title gilt. Moderate shelf wear, interior clean. Very good. Item #WRCAM56950
This is the "special definitive edition" of the 1924 original, an expanded edition printed in a limited run of 1,000 copies signed by Alter. Bridger was a famous trapper and wilderness scout throughout much of the 19th century, and became owner of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company when he and his associates bought it from Jedediah Smith in 1830. He lived and worked all over the American West and the Rockies, and his biography describes a number of his interactions with early Mormons, his conflicts with the Native Americans, and various other expeditions and adventures. This volume also contains a reprinting of Union officer Grenville M. Dodge's short biography of Bridger. HOWES A191, "a." FLAKE 55 (ref).