LETTERS AND SKETCHES: WITH A NARRATIVE OF A YEAR'S RESIDENCE AMONG THE INDIAN TRIBES OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS.

Philadelphia. 1843. 252pp. plus eleven plates (of thirteen), lacking the folding allegorical plate (as usual) and the plate depicting "Sheyenne Warriors" that should be at p.128 (a photocopy is laid in). Original gilt pictorial cloth, rebacked in matching cloth, leather label. Moderate foxing and occasional spotting. Good. Item #WRCAM765

First edition. This account describes De Smet's experiences in the Rocky Mountains in 1841 and 1842. A leading advocate for Indians, his works are some of the best sources of the period, well-written and articulate. The views include "Chimney Rock on the Oregon Trail," "A View of the Rocky Mountains," "Devil's Gate," "Soda Springs," "Fording the River Platte," "Indian Mode of Travelling," "Interior of a Kanza Lodge," "Kanza Village," "Worship in the Desert," and two of a spiritual nature. MINTZ 124. WAGNER-CAMP 102:1. HOWES D283, "b." FIELD 1423. SABIN 82262. TWENEY 89, 13 (note). STREETER SALE 2095. REESE, BEST OF THE WEST 80.

Price: $750.00