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Lake Superior: Its Physical Character, Vegetation and Animals, Compared with Those of Other and Similar Regions with a Narrative
Agassiz, Louis
Boston: Gould, Kendall and Lincoln, 1850. Original boards. Ex lib consisting of a library bookplate and ink DD number on the front pastedown, blind stamp on title page, and signs of a removed bookplate on the back pastedown; externally clean. Hinges reinforced, thus a tight sound copy. The text divided into two parts; pp 1-133 a description of a tour around the lake, pp 137-428 a natural history of the region including chapters on geology, fishes, flora, birds and more. Howes A88, Sabin 506 ("The most complete work on this comparatively unknown region. Now scarce.")

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Chardon's Journal at Fort Clark 1834-1839.
Chardon, (Francis A.)
Pierre, SD: State of South Dakota, 1932. xivi, 458pp, illus. Spine slightly faded, minor wear to extremities, largely unopened, clean and very good. Chardon (c. 1795 - c. 1848) was one of the best known and highest paid fur traders on the upper Missouri River. His whereabouts on the frontier are well-known, the best documented period being the five years he was at Fort Clark among the Mandans. His journal documents the activities of a trader among the Indians and provides a graphic description of the 1837 smallpox epidemic which all but wiped out the Mandans. Edited by Annie Heloise Abel with a lengthy historical introduction. Howes C303.

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Voyages de M. Le Marquis Dans l'Amerique Septentrionale Dans les annees 1780, 1781 & 1782.
Chastellux, Francois J.
Paris: Chez Prault, Imprimeur Du Roi, 1786. First complete and authorized edition. 2 volumes. 390pp, folding map; 362pp, errata page, folding map, 3 folding plates. Later half leather, pages evenly browned, else very good. Chastellux was second in command of French forces in America during the Revolution. A member of the French Academy, he was an enlightened and perceptive man. His work describes his travels in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Virginia, as well as his visits with Washington and Jefferson. Howes calls this "the first trustworthy account of life in the United States." Thomas d. Clark in Travels in the Old South says it is, "...one of the most notable of American travel accounts of the Revolutionary period not only because of Chastellux's keen observation and the directness of his narrative but also because of his acute comments on society and the character of the people in different walks of life." A classic American travel narrative. Howes C324, Clark l:212.

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Autografos de Cristobal Colon y Papels de America.
Columbus, Christopher
Madrid: 1892. 1st ed., includes 10 facsimile documents (6 folding). Transcriptions of early documents (in Spanish) by or related to Christopher Columbus and many pertaining to North America. Shelfwear and bookplate, else very good in quarter leather and red cloth.

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Report on the Exploration of the Country between Lake Superior and the Red River Settlement.
Dawson, S. J.
NP: First Greenwood Publishing, 1968. Hardcover reprint of 1859 report, fine facsimile w/maps in library cloth w/o dj as issued.

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Phoenixiana. 2 Vols.
Derby, George Horatio
Chicago: The Caxton Club, 1897. 2 volumes. Frontis, xxxiii, 123; frontis, viii, 119pp, 12 pages of illustrations some in color. Cloth, TEG, no dj's. Spines sunned, small bookplate on front pastedowns, else clean and very good. 12mo. One of 165 copies published by the Caxton Club, printed by the Lakeside Press. Derby (1823-1861) was an officer in the Corps of Topographical Engineers who conducted several important western surveys. For fun he played practical jokes and wrote humorous essays that he published in San Francisco newspapers and in two books. His was the first appearance of rough hewn "western humor" that can be traced through Mark Twain, Will Rogers, and probably Garrison Keillor. (Even if Keillor doesn't know it; when we met him he claimed no knowledge of Derby's writing.) I can find no edition of Derby more recent than 1937, which is too bad - some of his stuff is still laugh-out-loud funny.

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A Canoe Voyage up the Minnay Sotor. Two Volumes.
Featherstonhaugh, G. W.
St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society, 1970. Two volumes. Frontis, lxx, 416pp, folding map; frontis, xi, 372pp, folding map. Books near fine in a slightly rubbed slipcase. Featherstonhaugh was a British scientist who made a geological reconnaissance through the Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi valley in 1835-37. His party traveled as far as Lake Traverse on the Dakota border, and south on the Mississippi to Saint Louis. His travels by canoe in Minnesota and Wisconsin are of particular interest. This is a reprint edition of his account originally published in 1847, augmented with a comprehensive index and new historical introduction.

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DŽcouverte et ƒvoluyion Cartographique de Terre-Neuve Et Des Pays Circonvoisins.
Harrisse, Henry
Ridgewood, NJ: Gregg Press, 1968. Hardcover, reprint, very good in cloth without dj.

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North America.
Hayden, F. V. and A. R. C. Selwyn
London: Edward Stanford, 1883. 652pp, illus, maps (11 folding). Original decorative boards. Spine slightly faded, gilt on front board still bright, previous owner's bookplate and gift insc, overall very good. This is a survey of geography and culture based on a German work. The section on the United States (pp1-285) was "edited and enlarged" by Hayden. Much on geology - naturally - with chapters on history, politics, and Indians and more. The rest of the book by Selwyn deals with Canada. Apparently, the editors did not consider Mexico a part of North America.

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Pioneering in the Northwest.
Holman, Albert M.
Sioux City: Deitch & Lamar Co., 1924. 150pp, illus. No dj, shelfwear, else clean and very good. A two part book, first a short history of the surveying of the Niobrara-Virginia City Wagon Road, and second short sketches of northwest pioneers the most interesting a biography of Charles Floyd, the only man of Lewis and Clark's expedition to die.

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The Dixon-Meares Controversy.
Howay, Frederic W., ed.
Amsterdam: N. Israel, 1969. xii, 156pp, maps. No dj, shelfwear, else very good. Dixon and Meares were sea captains working for competing British fur trading companies. They got cross-ways with each other on an expedition to the northwest coast of North America in 1786-87. This is a reprint of edited documents published by both parties. $45

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A Spanish Voyage to Vancouver and the North -West Coast of America
Jane, Cecil
London: The Argonaut Press, 1930. 1 of 525, numbered. xiv, 142pp, illus (2 folding). Quarter vellum over orange cloth. Boards soiled, dusty on top, internally clean and very good. First English translation of an account of an important expedition - the last undertaken by Spain - in search of the north-west passage. The two ships, Sutil and Mexicana, were associated with the Malaspina expedition but pursued a separate course and made their own observations. Howes G18.

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A Voyage to Hudson's Bay During the Summer of 1812
McKeevor, Thomas, M.D.
London: Printed for Sir Richard Phillips, 1819. First edition. [iv], 76pp, 6 plates. Later full leather binding with some fading around the edges. Light internal browning, scattered foxing to one plate, overall very good. M'Keevor was a physician at Dublin's Lying-In Hospital, and had accompanied the Earl of Selkirk's 1812 expedition to Hudson's Bay as a medical attendant. There he travelled to "Esquimaux" country, survived a "frightful season," and made scientific observations of polar bears, ice fields, the aurora borealis, the Inuit and Ojibway languages, crafts, and housing. Peel 77, Lande 1314.

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Travels to the Westward of the Allegany Mountains, in the States of Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, in the Year 1802
Michaux, F. A. , M.D.
London: Barnard & Sultzer, 1805. 96pp, folding map. Later 19th century half leather and marbled paper over boards. External wear with a patch of the marbled paper missing from the front board. Internally clean and free of foxing. Map foxed with offsetting and a repaired tear, withal complete and legible. Francois AndrŽ Michaux (1770-1855), son of botanist AndrŽ Michaux, came to America first in 1785 to assist his father and stayed on to conduct his own botanical expeditions. His first great expedition in 1802 took him from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh from whence he walked to Wheeling, West Virginia where he bought a canoe, descended the Ohio river to Limestone (now Maysville), Ohio. He then traveled overland to Lexington, Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee, thence to Knoxville, Tennessee, Charleston (to drop off plants), back into Tennessee, North Carolina, out to Morgantown and back, a journey of some 1800 miles. This account of his travels is an abridgement of the English edition of the same year. The folding map (16 x 19 inches) is of particular interest. It shows the United States from the eastern seaboard to the Missisipi (sic) River of the many points of interest two stand out. A note identifies the northern boundary of North Carolina stating that it extends as far as the South Sea, an impressive claim granted by the charter of Charles II. In eastern Tennessee is Franklinia, a remnant of the proposed frontier state that never became official. (The map, from the same publisher as the book, is dated 1809.) Howes M579.

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Journal of the Sufferings and Hardships of Capt. Parker H. French's Overland Expedition to California, which left New York City,
Miles, William
Austin, TX: The Pemberton Press, 1965. Reprint edition, #1/100. Stiff paper wrappers bound into hard covers, previous owner's name on ffep, slight wear to extremities, else very good, without dj. The party sailed from Boston to New Orleans in 1850 and headed west overland but broke apart when French's promised support failed to materialize. WCB 202, Howes H597.

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Illinois in 1837.
Mitchell, S. Augustus
Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchel and by Grigg & Elliot, 1837. First issue with the misspelling "animlas" in the subtitle. 143pp, folding map. Original paper covered boards, foxing, stain to upper corner of the pages becoming severe towards the end, hinges expertly reinforced. The map has minor foxing but is otherwise bright and crisp. The subtitle describes it: "A sketch descriptive of the situation, boundaries, face of the country, prominent districts, prairies, rivers, minerals, animals, agricultural production, public lands, plans of internal improvement, manufactures, &c. of the State of Illinois: also, suggestions to emigrants..." The folding map (15 x 12.5 inches) is titled Mitchell's map of Illinois Exhibiting its Internal Improvements, Counties, Towns, Roads &c." Printed in blue ink with some hand color (dated 1837). Howes M689.

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Geography Made Easy: Being An Abridgement Of The American Universal Geography. To Which Are Prefixed Elements of Geography. For
Morse, Jedidiah
Boston: Thomas & Andrews, 1818. 364pp, 2 folding maps. Nineteenth edition, previous owner's name and inscription, leather boards, browning, boards worn, foxed. Folding map of the world loose, folding map of North America very good.

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Travels in North America during the years 1834,1835, & 1836...
Murray, The Hon. Charles Augustus
London: Richard Bentley, 1839 First edition. Two volumes. Frontis, xvi, 473pp; frontis, xi, 372pp (including a half title in Volume II, none called for in Volume I). Handsomely rebound in half leather and marbled paper. Minimal browning to a few pages in Volume I, very little foxing. Murray (1806-1895) was a British writer and diplomat, although some of the details of his career sound more like one of the Flashman novels. (He arranged the transport of a hippopotamus to England in 1850, and his dalliance with the sister-in-law of the Shah of Persia led to the Anglo-Persian war of 1856-7.) No matter, his travelog and a thinly disguised novel about his affair with an American beauty were popular books. Murray traveled up the Hudson River into Canada, then through New York to Washington, D.C., through Virginia, up the Ohio River to Ohio, Kentucky and St. Louis, and then spent three months in the Indian Territory. "This is the first and best edition of a most interesting work, by an intelligent observer of the peculiarities of the Pawnees, before they had been modified by contact with the whites." according to Sabin, and Howes adds, "The best account of the Pawnees while yet uncontaminated by whites." Sabin 51490, Howes M913, WCB 77:1.

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Northern California, Pregon and the Sandwich Islands
Nordhoff, Charles
NY: Harper & Brothers, 1874. 256pp, illus. Original printed boards. Boards darkened, some rubbing to the extremities, internally clean and very good. Nordhoff write one of the most popular guides to California published two years before his volume. Likely, this is a sequel intended to take advantage of the earlier success. Nearly half the book is given over to Hawaii including an appendix that includes a study of the native language.

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First Report of a Geological Reconnoissance of the Northern Counties of Arkansas
Owen, David Dale
Little Rock: Johnson & Yerkes, State Printers, 1858 256pp, seven lithographic plates plus in text engravings. Original half leather and marbled paper over boards. Rubbing to the extremities with some loss of leather, front hinge just starting, internal browning and foxing, withal a good copy. David Dale Owen (1807-1860) was a prominent American geologist. He conducted the first geological surveys of Indiana, Kentucky, and Arkansas. His first geological work was as an assistant mapping the geology of Tennessee, in 1836. He was appointed the first Geologist for the State of Indiana (1837-39), and worked as the State Geologist of Kentucky in 1854-1857; he was appointed State Geologist of Arkansas in 1857, continuing as the Kentucky geologist without pay. Owen's survey was undertaken as a part of the mid-nineteenth century push to identify and make use of American natural resources, thus reducing the need for importation of raw materials. Six of the seven lithographic plates are tinted, and are quite attractive.

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Tour of Duty in California...the gold region...
Revere, Joseph Warren
First edition. vi, 305, 14pp, illus, folding map. Rebound in quarter leather and marbled boards. Largely free of foxing with but a few spots to the map. Carl Wheat calls this "one of the truly important books of the days preceding the gold discovery." Revere (1812-1880), the grandson of Paul Revere, was a U.S. naval officer with the Pacific squadron, and an observer of and participant in the events of the American military conquest of California. He had ample opportunity to observe the area and its people, and the literary talent to describe them in what is considered one of the best contemporary accounts available. Much of the book is descriptive of the Mexican era, but Revere inserted a concluding chapter on the gold deposits, containing Colonel Mason's famous report as well as valuable material on land law and land titles. The folding map (12 x 9 inches) is titled Harbour of San Francisco, California. It shows the region and names several ranchos. Howes R222, Kurutz 529a, Wheat Books of the Gold Rush 165, Zamorano Eighty 63.

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Beyond the Mississippi: From the Great River to the Great Ocean.
Richardson, Albert D.
Hartford, CT: American Publishing Company, 1867. First edition. 572pp, illus, double page frontispiece map. Original brown cloth with gilt title. Extremities rubbed with minor loss, slightly cocked, else very good. Although only 33 years old when he published this, Richardson (1834-1869) was already an accomplished and well-known journalist. In the spring of 1865 Richardson made his first overland trip to California with Schuyler Colfax, Gov. Bross of Illinois, and Samuel Bowles of the Springfield Republican, and related his experiences on that trip in this, his second book, in which he said he strove to give a faithful picture of a Òfleeting phase of our national life.Ó Also in its pages was an account of a trip from Sacramento to Salt Lake that Richardson made that year at the invitation of CPRR President Leland Stanford to inspect the ongoing construction of the line. He also relates his experiences as an anti-slavery activist in Kansas during the late 1850Õs.

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Adventures in Mexico and The Rocky Mountains.
Ruxton, George F.
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1860. Later editionl. 312pp. Previous owner's name, boards and spine worn, some foxing, else good hardcover.

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Report of Winfield S. Schley, Commander, U.S.Navy Commanding Greely Relief Expedition of 1884.
Schley, Winfield S.
Washington, DC: GPO, 1887. 75pp, illus, map on three sheets. Contemporary half leather, some external rubbing, internally clean and very good. In the summer of 1881 a scientific team led by Adolphus Washington Greely was dropped on the northeast coast of Elesmere Island to study natural phenomena in the Arctic. The party had supplies for 27 months, but planned relief ships were blocked by ice until the summer of 1884 when Schley rescued Greely and six survivors (one of whom died on the trip home). This is Schley's report, a fascinating look at the logistics that went into mounting such an expedition. Of interest are 32 full page engravings from photographs, many scenes of the barren Arctic.

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Journal of a Tour into the Interior of Missouri and Arkansaw...toward the Rocky Mountains; performed in the years 1818 and 1819.
Schoolcraft, Henry R
London: Sir Richard Phillips and Co., 1821. 102pp, large folding map. Bound in half leather with marbled boards, minimal internal browning, external joint starting, else very good. Schoolcraft (1793-1864) was a geologist, ethnographer, and Indian administrator. He is perhaps best known for his massive study of American Indians, but he also participated in several early expeditions into what was then the far west. This journal recounts his exploration from the lead mining region of southeastern Missouri south to the Arkansas District and returning, a journey of some nine hundred miles. The folding map, Countries Bordering on the Mississippi and Missouri (12 by 15 inches) shows the center of the continent from Lake Erie in the northeast to San Antonio, Texas in the southwest with much of interest. WCB 21, Howes S185.

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Travels in Some Parts of North America in the Years 1804, 1805, & 1806
Sutcliff, Robert
York, England: W. Alexander, 1815. "Second edition, improved." 312pp, 6 plates. 12mo. Plain (i.e. bland) new binding, foxing throughout, generally very good. Sutcliff was a British Quaker who made a number of trips to and through the United States. This account is quite readable and is based on his second trip to the U.S. from July, 1804 to August, 1806. He met Thomas Jefferson, visited Indian tribes, and commented on the customs and daily lives of post-revolutionary Americans. He spoke quite well of what he saw but regarded "slavery as a disgrace to the South, a lovely region which was 'clouded and debased by Negro slavery." One of the plates is an early view of Niagara Falls. A sound volume, but deserving of a much nicer binding. Howes S1145, Clark II: 126.

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Original Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition 1804-1806
Thwaites, Reuben Gold
NY: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1904. Seven volumes plus atlas. First trade edition, one of 750 printed. Original red cloth. Spines faded, two volumes with hinges starting, one volume (the atlas) with the hinges cracked, withal a very good set. Note that there are no bookplates and this is not ex libris: thus, an exceptional set indeed. The Thwaites volumes were the standard text for the labors of the Corps of Discovery for eighty years after their publication. It is notable for its thorough introduction covering the history of the expedition and earlier exploration, and a detailed account of the original journals and their various editions. This is followed by a comprehensive bibliography by Victor Hugo Paltsits, at the time the definitive survey of the literature. Thwaites attempted to print all of the information he could find on the expedition including much that had not been previously known. Perhaps most striking are the fifty-three facsimilies of original maps, mostly by Clark, covering almost every step of the route. In The Literature of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Stephen Dow Beckham describes the Thwaites edition as "...ambitious, scholarly, and immensely useful."

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History of the Discovery of America...engagements with the Indians in New-England...
Trumbull, Henry
Boston: J.P. Peaslee, 1828. Later of many editions. 256pp, 3 plates, one folding. Later half leather and marbled boards. Internally foxed, else very good. Howes says of this, "A well-night worthless production of a seventeen year-old lad which enjoyed wide favor by an uncritical public." We are nothing if not fair and balanced, so we sought another bibliographical reference, Field's Indian Bibliography which quotes an authority as having found twenty-two chronological errors on a single page. Well, the fold out frontispiece - a woodcut battle scene featuring the Indian chief Tecumseh - is impressive, and well worth it. Howes T807, Field 1569.

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Reports of Explorations and Surveys, to Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi
U.S. War Department
Washington: U.S. War Department, 1856. 36, x, vii, 136, 7, 127, vii, 173pp, 3 folding sections, plates (lacking seven). Rebound in cloth. Title page torn with some loss of text, some foxing and browning, else good hardcover. Contains Whipples account of explorations on the 35th parallel, most significant because of his report on the Indians.

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The Expedition Into California of the Venerable Padre Fray Junipero Serra and His Companions in the Year 1769.
Watson, Douglas W.
San Francisco: Nueva California Press, 1934. [iv], 124pp, illus, folding map. From an edition of 400 copies, numbered and signed, printed at the Nueva California Press by Lawton Kennedy and Company. Extremities with some soil and rubbing, bookplate on front pastedown, internally clean and very good. Hitherto unpublished letters that fill gaps in the history of the Spanish settlement of California. Howes describes as the "most extensive early work on Upper California." Howes P56.

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Los Gringos.
Wise, Lieut. [Henry A..]
NY Baker and Scribner, 1849. 2nd issue, xvi, 453pp. Original stamped boards, foxing, sl cocked, still a very tight good copy. Wise set sail from Boston in 1846 and in the course of his travels visits South America, Mexico, California and the Sandwich Islands. He arrives in California too late for the fighting, but gets into a couple of skirmishes in Mexico before the war is over. Mostly his account is that of a sailor's life and experiences in detail. Howes W593, Cowan IIp691, Tutorow 3690.

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Memoir of a Tour to Northern Mexico Connected with Col. Doniphan's Expedition, in 1846 and 1847.
Wislizenus, A.
Washington: 30th Congress, 1st Session, Senate Miscellaneous No. 26, 1848. 141pp, two folding maps, folding section. Disbound laid in custom cloth clamshell box. Wislizenus left Independence in May, 1846 traveling as a private citizen. He crossed the Santa Fe Trail and then headed south, ultimately spending six months in Chihuahua. Following the outbreak of the Mexican War, he hitched up with Doniphan's expedition for his return via Monterey. His narrative is a contribution to the literature on the Santa Fe Trail, the Mexican War, and early territorial New Mexico. One accompanying map, is a geological sketch, and is of limited interest. The other, Map of a Tour from Independence to Santa Fe, Chicuahua, Monterey and Matamoros, is of "considerable value" according the Wheat. A number of routes to New Mexico and across the Republic of Texas are shown and Doniphan's campaign is carefully followed. There is also a folding sheet showing elevations from Leavenworth, Kansas to Santa Fe, from Santa Fe to Chihuahua, and from Chihuahua to Reynosa on the Rio Grande. Howes W597, WCB 159:1, Rittenhouse SFT 656, Tutorow 3691, Wheat 572,573.

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Stephen Harriman Long 1784-1864; Army Engineer, Explorer, Inventor
Wood, Richard G.
Glendale Arthur H. Clark 1966 1st Arthur H. Clark ed., deckle-edged, as new in original publisher brown paper wrap.

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The Pathfinder.
Zabriskie, George A.
Orlando, FL: np, 1947. Frontis, 24pp. Signed, good with small chip out of dj. A short biography of John Charles Fremont, but really a paean to the explorer.

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On the Trail of a Spanish Pioneer; The Diary and Itinerary of Francisco GarcŽa (Missionary Priest) in His Travels Through Sonora
[Coues, Elliott ed.
NY: Frances P. Harper, 1900. 2 volumes. xxx, 312, illus, folding map; vi, 313-608pp, illus. Original cloth, shelfwear, else clean and very good. Garces began his missionary work at San Xavier del Bac in 1768. In 1775 he accompanied de Anza overland to California, then headed off on his own and established initial contacts with the Hopi. In 1776 he set out again for the land of the Hopis, ascending the Colorado River to the Mojave villages and encountering the Havasupai, a tribe hitherto unknown to the Spanish. His Diaro is an excellent source of information on the land and native people, here with copious annotations by Coues. Howes C801.

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