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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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Travels Through the Canadas.
Heriot, George
London: T. Gillet, 1807. First edition. xii, 602pp, 27 aquatint plates (6 folding), folding map. Rebound in handsome full leather. The extended title continues, “Containing a Description of the Picturesque Scenery on Some of the River and Lakes; with an Account of the Productions, Commerce, and Inhabitants of Those Provinces. To which is subjoined a Comparative View of the Manners and Customs of several of the Indian nations of North and South America.” Heriot was Postmaster-General of British North America from 1799 to 1816, and his position allowed him to travel extensively in the western parts of Canada and the United States. An intelligent observer with the eye of an artist, he provided detailed information on the fur trade, the cod fishing industry, loyalist settlements, and the customs and languages of the Indians and the Inuit of the west and north. Illustrated books from this period are few, and Hariot, who had studied art at the Royal Military Academy, provides charming views among them Quebec from Port Levi, the Azores, St. Paul's Bay, Quebec from the Citadel, Quebec from Beauport, Lake St. Charles, Bridge on the Jacques Cartier, Montreal from the Mountain, Cascades of the St. Lawrence, Fort of Niagara, Whirlpool of the Saint Lawrence, Falls of Niagara (two), and depictions of French Canadian dancing (two), an Indian encampment, and Indian costume. His work is a literary and visual compendium of Canadian views. He had access to the Jesuitical Library in Quebec, which he used to produce the second part of this book, a fine study of the Indians of North and South America. Streeter sale 3658, Lande 433.

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Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea in the Years 1819, 20, 21 and 22.
Franklin, John
London: John Murray, 1823. First edition, first issue. xvi, 768pp, 30 plates (11 colored), 4 folding maps, errata slip (tipped in twice). Collated complete. Franklin's account of his first expedition is a classic of travel literature and arctic hardship. His was an overland expedition commissioned in 1819 to survey the north coast of North America, traveling from Hudson Bay to the mouth of the Coppermine River on the Arctic Sea. Although the party reached the Arctic Sea, the amount of surveying possible was limited, and many problems arose, including failure of provisions, weakness from exposure, starvation, the loss of essential boats, a murder and an execution, probable cannibalism, and a final diet of lichen and boot leather. Eleven of the party of twenty had died. Having accomplished little more than sheer survival, Franklin nevertheless received a hero's welcome, a promotion, and election to the Royal Society upon his return. He returned to the Arctic for a second expedition in 1827-27, and he succeeded in delineating most of the coastline between the mouth of the Mackenzie and Coppermine Rivers. Sent on another expedition in 1845, Franklin and his entire party disappeared. More than forty expeditions were sent in search of him, and arguably his greatest contribution to arctic exploration was made posthumously. This first edition of his first expedition is a cornerstone work for any polar collection. The narrative and technical appendices are among the first descriptions of the far north, its indigenous habitants, and natural history. W-C-B 23-1, Lande 1181, Peel 151, Arctic Bibliography 5194.

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An Historical Account of the Incorporated Society for the Propogation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts...
Humphreys, David, D.D.
London Joseph Downing 1730 xxxi, 356pp, 2 folding maps. Full leather, hinges expertly reinforced. Pages slightly browned, maps bright. The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts was an Anglican missionary created in 1701 to restore spirituality to the church in America. The labors of the society embraced the British colonies from the Carolinas to New England. This volume was compiled from papers transmitted to the Society by Governors of colonies, religious congregations, missionaries, or persons of note abroad. It contains accounts of Yamassee and Tuscaraora wars in Carolina, the New York slave insurrections of 1712, the Four Indian Kings who traveled to England, and a 1715 New York edition of a Mohawk prayer book. The maps are important. They are A Map of the Province of Carolina Divided into its Parishes &c. and A Map of New England. New York, New Jersey and Pensilvania (sic). Both are by Herman Moll, approximately 14 by 15 inches, and are dated 1730. Sabin 33801, Siebert Sale 141 (where it realized $3,185), Howes H795.

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Colonel Dodge's Journal.
Dodge, Col. Henry, Lt. Gaines P. Kingsbury
Washington: Government Printing Office (?) 1836. 24th Congress, 1st Session, House Doc. No. 181. 37pp, 2 folding maps. Minor browning text and maps, separation on one map fold repaired, else very good. (I'm listing this under the document title and commander. The bibliographies cite Lt. Gaines P. Kingsbury as author and the title Journal of the March of a detachment of Dragoons, under the command of Colonel Dodge, during the summer of 1835.) In 1835 Col. Henry Dodge led 120 mounted soldiers of the newly created First Dragoon Regiment onto the plains to awe the natives into submission. The column ascended the Platte to the front range, dropped south to the Arkansas, and returned via the Santa Fe Trail. The expedition was the most extensive military campaign yet undertaken in the West. Their mission was to impress the Indians, to make peace among the tribes and establish friendly relations between them and the United States, and to investigate conditions along the Mexican border, which was then the Arkansas River. The route of the expedition duplicated in part that of Stephen H. Long in 1820, but Dodge's party was much more successful in the achievement of its objectives, and it demonstrated the effectivenss of mounted forces on the western prairies. The two folding maps that accompany the document illustrate the policy implemented during the 1820's and '30's to peacefully relocate eastern Indians into the trans-Mississippi west. One is titled Map Showing the Lands assigned to Emigrant Indians West of Arkansas & Missouri. Its author is not named, but Wheat attributes it to Lt. Washington Hood and says it is "an important historical map." It shows more than 20 various sized allotments made to the tribes in what was thought to be worthless land in the future states of Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Oklahoma. Statistical tables to one side list population and land holding of groups both east and west of the Mississippi. The other map is unnamed and shows the route taken by Dodge's expedition northwest from Fort Leavenworth through the territory of the Kickapoos and Otoes, past the "Medicine Lodge of the Rees" and the "Snakes and Crows War Ground." There is an early cartographic mention of Pike's Peak, in the southwest is Santa Fe and the "Waggon Road to St. Louis." On this map is the legend, "Estimated distance 1645 miles, by Lieut. (Enoch) Steen, United States Dragoons." Wheat calls it a "very well executed map." The report and maps are disbound, one map has repaired fold separations. Laid in a clamshell box. Wheat 418, 421, W-C-B 63, Howes K161.

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Transactions of the American Ethnological Society
American Ethnology Society
NY: Bartlett & Welford, 1848. This is the second issue of Albert Gallatin important map that appeared in the Transactions of the American Ethnological Society, Volume II. (See Wheat 417 for a lengthy discussion of the significance of the first issue.) Several Indian tribes have been added, most notably in the southwest and Pacific northwest. Two - Pawnees and Arapahos - are printed by a stamp of some sort rather than in type. Topography has been revised with mountains indicated with hachures and the "Great Basin titled the Great Interior Basin or California Desert" rather than the "Great Sandy Desert" as in the first issue. The map is accompanied by the full volume of the Transactions of the American Ethnological Society, Volume II, (NY: 1848. clxxxviii, 298, 151pp, 7 maps [five folding, including the Gallatin], rebacked and tight) which rates a separate comment. The volume includes several interesting articles, the most important being Hale's Indians of North-west America with a lengthy introduction by Gallatin. The maps include an ethnographic map of Oregon derived from the American Exploring Expedition, and another titled Map of the Rio Grande and Rio Gila, Compiled from the Surveys of Col. Emory and Lieut. Abert, And from the Early Spanish Authorities by E. G. Squier. Gallatin's Introduction provides a fascinating discussion of recent knowledge on western geography. Having this context greatly compliments the map.

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The American Aboriginal Portfolio
Eastman, Mrs. Mary H.
Philadelphia: Lipppencott Grambo & Co., 1853. 84pp, 26 steel engravings plus engraved title page. Rebound in handsome quarter leather and marbled boards. AEG, internally with only trivial foxing and offsetting, the plates crisp with all of the tissue guards present. The combination of Seth Eastman's engravings and his wife's brief narratives provide an authentic look at Indian life in the 1840's. Eastman was a career army officer whose frontier duty included a seven year assignment at Fort Snelling where he gained a rare understanding of and sympathy for the complex fabric of Indian culture. Most of the images here reflect his observations of Native American plains tribes, although one plate, Emigrants Attacked by Camanches, reflects his 1848-9 tour of duty in Texas. Howes E17.

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Rudo Ensayo, tentativa de una Prevencional Description Geographica de la Provincia de Sonora.
Smith, Buckingham ed.
San Augustin, FL: Munsell [printed in Albany], 1863. First printing. x, 208pp. Rebound in quarter leather and cloth, with a large fragment of the original front wrap bound in. Some browning to the edges of the pages, mostly unopened. This first printing, in Spanish of Smith's edition of this report, with the first English translation by Eusebio Guiteras. An important historical and geographical description of the province of Sonora done by a Jesuit who wrote in 1761-62. The authorship of the report was long in doubt and it was not until the middle of the twentieth century that Juan Nentvig was confirmed as its creator. Nentvig (1713-1768) spent twelve years of his career as a missionary in Sonora. Howes says it is valuable for the light it throws on the Apache and other tribes of Arizona and New Mexico. I also see chapters on natural history and mining. The Spanish issue is quite rare,, printed in an ediiton of only 160 copies. Howes S578.

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Reports on Indians Taxed and Indians Not Taxed.
Donaldson, Thomas C.
Washington: GPO, [vi], 683pp, maps (3 folding), plates (19 in color, 2 folding). Large, heavy quarto. Original cloth, wear to the extremities with some loss at the tips. Back hinge cracked but holding on. A sound, unsophisticated copy that would benefit from some tightening up, withal internally clean and very good. This is one of the most important and detailed treatments of Native Americans published in the 19th century. Indians had not been treated by previous censuses, and this volume was intended to make up that gap. The result is a document that addresses virtually every aspect of Indian life including populations by state, life on the reservations and off, schooling, economies, and much more. The many photographs are a fascinating record of Indian life, and the color plates - all done by noted artists of the time - are of exceptional quality. A tremendously important work. Howes D418.

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A Concise History of the Mormon Battalion in the Mexican War.
Tyler, Sergeant Daniel
N/P: N/P, 1881. First edition. 346pp. Original boards. Extremities rubbed, front free end paper missing, some internal soiling, and dampstain to a few pages, withal very good. "History may be searched in vain for an equal march of infantry." In these few words, Lieutenant Colonel Philip St. George Cooke summarized the achievements of the Mormon Battalion, a volunteer force of some 500 men who had walked more than two thousand miles from Council Bluffs to San Diego during the winter of 1846-7 to participate in the Mexican War. The Battalion was a part of Stephen Watts Kearny's Army of the West that left Council Bluffs bound for California. At Santa Fe command of the Battalion was transferred to Cooke who led the poorly equipped volunteers south along the Rio Grande del Norte, then west across the Sonora desert to Tucson. They were on the road to Los Angeles when they received change of orders and ultimately marched into San Diego on January 31, 1847. Daniel Tyler, third sergeant of Company C, had full access to the journals and archives of the LDS Church when he wrote his history of that adventure. It has become (along with Cooke's own account of the conquest of California and New Mexico) the standard source for the Mormon Battalion. Hafferkorn P53, Howes T447, Tutorow 3345.

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The Wonders of the Yosemite Valley and of California
Kneeland, Samuel
Boston: Alexander Moore, 1872. "Third edition, revised and enlarged." 97pp, 10 original photos tipped onto individual pages with tissue guards. Original embossed boards with gilt title, aeg. Pages slightly browned, gift insc on ffep, extremities slightly rubbed, else a very good copy. According to Currey and Kruska this is, "...one of the better early guide books to the Yosemite region. It is an especially attractive book due to the inclusion of an excellent series of mounted photographic images... Kneeland made every effort to obtain current and accurate information and each of the later editions of the guide incorporates new material." Among other experts, the book quotes John Muir at length, and the bibliographers hint that the photos might be images by Edward Muybridge. Currey & Kruska Bibliography of Yosemite 225.

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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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Kitchi-Gami. Wanderings Round Lake Superior.
Kohl, J. G.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1860. First English edition (first published in German in 1859). xii, 428pp, illus. Bound in half leather and marbled boards. Light rubbing to externals, else very good. Johann Kohl was an educated, urbane, and well-trained German geographer, ethnologist, and popular writer. He visited the Lake Superior Ojibwa in 1855, where he made detailed studies of their material culture, religion, and folklore. Kohl's observations are impressive and comprehensive. They cover the fur trade, canoe building, domestic utensils, quillwork, native foods, hunting, fishing, trapping, cooking, toboggans, snowshoes, gardening, lodge building, games and warfare. Sabin declares this, "One of the most exhaustive and valuable treatises n Indian life ever written," while Field notes that the book is "wholly the result of personal experience, and one which only the most fervent scientific zeal and earnest self-abnegation, as well as a very high order of intelligence could produce. [Kohl] endeavored to penetrate the thick veil of distrust, ignorance and superstition which conceal the mind of the Indian, and learn the innate traverses of thought which give motive to his soul." Finally, the Siebert catalog says, "An exhaustive and valuable treatise on Native American life, considered to be one of the best books on the Lake Superior country." Sabin 382a5, Howes K247, Field 342, Lande 1894, Siebert 421.

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The Memorial of Fray Alonso de Benavides 1630.
Benavides, Fray Alonso de
Chicago: RR. Donnelley and Sons, 1916. 1st edition. xiii, 309pp, illus. Hardcover. Ex-lib book plate on the front pastedown. Some shelfwear, covers slightly soiled, else clean and very good. One of a numbered edition of 300. Written in the year 1626, this memorandum is an eye witness account of travels through the mission territory of New Mexico. Fray Alfonso de Benavides was the first religious superior of the territory, but he was also a competent explorer, demographer and map-maker. The original text was translated by Mrs. Edward E. Ayer and was annotated by Frederick Webb Hodge and Charles Lummis (who also did the splendid photographs). A basic New Mexico book. Wagner Spanish Southwest 33.

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Information in Relation to the Geology and Topography of California.
Tyson, P. T.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1850. 31st Congress, 1st Session, Senate Ex. Doc. No. 47. 127, 37, 10 plates 3 folding maps. Disbound government document. Pages browned, one plate split completely at fold with no loss. Rebound in 1/4 leather. Tyson based this memoir on his personal observations made during a four month visit in the summer and fall of 1849. Wheat says that this is, "probably the earliest work of a true scientific research to emerge from the Gold Rush. Its author was a gifted scientist whose pioneering effort was of considerable value." The maps are important. They include The Sacramento Valley from the American River to Butte Creek, Geological Reconnaisances in California, and Sketch of the Route of Capt. Warner's Exploring Party. Additionally, some of the plates are actually small maps including Topographical Sketch of the Los Angeles Plains, and Survey of Public Lands in the Gold Region. Most of the plates are geologic sections of which are, again according to Wheat, of no little importance in the history of geological research in Western North America. Howes T455, Kurutz 643a, Wheat Book os the Gold Rush 212, Wheat Maps of the Gold Rush 179.

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History of Nevada with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
Thompson & West
Oakland: Thompson & West, 1881. 680pp, illus. Rebound in quarter leather, it appears that the rebinder attempted to stain the edges, the effect being uneven with slight bleeding, one page with an old tape repair, another with a couple of places of lost paper not effecting the text, overall a very good copy. Stanley Paher says, "This classic work is the most used and quoted history of any ever issued of the state. It is likely to remain forever the all time Nevada book, for nothing issued since compares to its exhaustive coverage. There is very little worth knowing about Nevada before 1881 that cannot be found in this first statewide Nevada history" Not much I can add to that other than to point out the many engraved portraits of prominent Nevadans and lithographic views of buildings, farms and scenes throughout the state. Paher 27, Howes A273 "b."

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Che! Wah! Wah! or the Modern Montezumas in Mexico
Street, George G.
Rochester, NY: E. R. Andrews, 1883. 115pp, illus, folding map, 33 original albumen photos. Original cloth. Some wear to extremities, inscribed by the author, a couple of the photos faded but legible, overall a very good copy. A light hearted account of a junket made by a group of eastern freight agents sponsored by the Burlington, Denver and Rio Grande, and Santa Fe Railroad. The party - and apparently it was quite a party - traveled from Chicago to Chihuahua, Mexico passing through or stopping in Omaha, Denver, Pueblo, Trinidad, Las Vegas, El Paso and other spots along the way. The photographs depict many of the landmarks along the route, several in Mexico, an obvious attempt to document the exotic foreign locale. There is a chapter on cowboys and a detailed description of a visit to the Montezuma hot springs. The small (6 x 8 inches) folding map shows the route of the tour with an even smaller inset of the D&RG tracks from Salida to Marshall Pass. An unusual travel book, one of the few nineteenth century accounts with original photos. Rare as the audience was limited to the 65 travelers, although this copy is inscribed by the author to someone not on the roster. Adams Herd 2187.

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Strictures, on Dr. I. Galland's Pamphlet, Entitled "Villainy Exposed," With Some Account of His Transactions In Lands Of The Sac
Kilbourne, David W.
Fort Madison, IA: The Statesman Office (?) 1850. 24pp. Sewn. Minor foxing, else unopened and near fine, laid in a quarter leather hard cover folder. In 1824 the U.S. Government designated a tract of land around the Mississippi and the Des Moines Rivers for the "half breed" members of the Sac and Fox tribes. When the region was opened for white settlement following the Black Hawk War land speculators followed. Among them were David Kilbourne and Isaac Galland who cheerfully set about forging quit claim deeds and promoting the land to emigrants. Galland conveniently converted to Mormonism and was specifically designated as a business agent by Joseph Smith, thus gaining an inside track on marketing to the Saints as they gradually moved west. Inevitably, the two speculators had a falling out, and this diatribe by Kilbourne is one side of a pamphlet war between them. In it he accuses Galland of selling $200,000 of Iowa land to which he could not give title. Not surprisingly, Kilbourne was loathed by the Mormons and came to be regarded as an enemy. A rare Mormon item. Streeter 1895, Howes K131, Flake 4610.

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The Reno Court of Inquiry; The Chicago Times Account Vol. I. and Men With Custer; Biographies of the 7th Calvary, 25 June, 187
Utley, Robert M. & Kenneth Hammer
Fort Collins, CO: The Old Army Press, 1972. Two volumes. Limited edition, #135 of 250 copies, both volumes numbered #135. Large quartos in a slipcase. Frontispiece, [v]. iii. 476pp; frontispiece, xxxviii, 262pp, illus. Slipcase rubbed, cloth covered boards lightly soiled, spines faded, the receipt from the original purchase tipped onto the back pastedown of the first volume. One name underlined in Men With Custer, else internally clean and very good. Following the Custer massacre Major Marcus A. Reno was attacked by some for his failure to ride through thousands of armed and angry Indians and rejoin his commander. A court of inquiry was convened that determined that no judicial action was warranted. It was hardly a ringing endorsement of Reno's actions, and didn't answer the questions probed by the court, but the four weeks of testimony did bless posterity with a mountain of source material to illuminate and/or obfuscate the events that took place on the Little Bighorn. While the Army did not release the official record of the hearings, the Chicago Times presented its readers with an unofficial transcript that was fully as accurate as the one prepared by the court reporter. It is published here for the first time in book form in the first volume of this set. The second volume is a reference concerning the civilians, enlisted men, officers, Indian scouts and quartermaster employees who were in the Sioux campaign, or were members of the 7th Calvary in June, 1876, or were in the Little Bighorn fight,. It is a rather remarkable gathering of almost 800 biographies ranging in length from a few lines to a full page. Tal Luther has declared this a Custer High Spot (number 195) saying that it is, "...one of the most valuable books yet to appear," and that it "...shall probably remain the definitive work on this topic in years to come."

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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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Frijoles Canyon Pictographs.
Baumann, Gustave
Los Angeles: William & Victoria Dailey Antiquarian Books & Fine Prints, 1980. [44]pp, illus, including two folding sheets (making a single, long print). Edition of 250, numbered. Bright and near fine with a like dust jacket. This is a reprint done by William and Victoria Dailey in a edition quite a bit smaller than the original 480. It is Baumann's most important illustrated book. I'll quote from the essay Gustave Baumann in the West by David Acton. "In the late 1930's, when he realized that several of the original cave paintings had disappeared in the years since he recorded them, Baumann embarked on Frijoles Canyon Pictographs, published in 1939 by the Santa Fe publishing cooperative Writers' Editions. Baumann wrote and illustrated the book printing the woodcuts in his own studio.…This text is punctuated by nineteen freely transcribed woodcuts representing vignettes from the images on cliff and cave walls, printed in a sandy brown color. Several of the pictographs represent wild game; others show divinities and spirits.…Spaced throughout the book are six color prints representing some of Frijoles Canyon's most elaborate pictographs, as well as both a glimpse inside a cave dwelling and an overall view of the canyon's south wall. In the center of the book are two pages that fold out to reveal The Deer Hunt pictograph reprinted from Baumann's original blocks carved in 1918. On every page, down to the book's endpapers that carry a woodcut aerial panorama of the canyon's south wall, Baumann lavished loving and meticulous care." Likewise this splendid reprint. (By the way, this edition has a dust jacket decorated with woodcuts prepared by Baumann but not printed in 1939. They appear here for the first time.)

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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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Coast Pilot of Alaska (First Part) from Southern Boundary to Cook's Inlet.
Davidson, George
Washington: GPO; 1869. 251pp, 8 plates (2 folding). Recased with new spine and endpapers. Some internal browning and occasional manuscript corrections, withal very good. George Davidson (1825-1911) was a geographer and astronomer who was on the staff of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey for fifty years. He surveyed the coast of Alaska in 1867 even before the territory was purchased from Russia, and this volume is a landmark in the charting of the region. Davidson's report provides information on harbors, climate, and resources in addition to including vocabularies for several native groups. The tipped in color lithographic plates show harbor entrances and views, the folding plates provide two views of Sitka from off shore. A foundation work for the American exploration of Alaska.

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Voyage a la Baye de Hudson, Fait en 1746 & 1747 par les Navirers le Dobbs-Galley & la California, pour la decouverte d'un Passag
Ellis, Henri
Leide (Leyden): d'Elie Luzac, 1750. First French edition. xxviii, 413pp, [vi advts]. Half vellum with paper covered boards. Extremities worn with some loss of paper on the boards, internally evenly browned with minimal foxing, overall very good. Ellis went as the investors' agent and scientific specialist with a two ship expedition commissioned to find the Northwest Passage from Hudson's Bay. The explorers proved the nonexistence of this route, but provided many valuable observations on tides, compass readings, and the customs of the Eskimos, people then unknown. The attractive plates depict Eskimos canoeing and hunting seals, as well as northern fauna including the horned owl, pelican, wolverine, white bear, and whale. Sabin 22313.

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Information in Relation to the Operations of the Commission Appointed to Run and Mark the Boundary between the United States and
(California) U.S. Department of the Interior
Washington: GPO, 1850. 31st Congress, 1st Session, Senate Exec. Doc. No. 34. Two parts. 53pp, 22pp, 4 maps (2 folding). Foxing, sometimes severe throughout the text, three smaller folding maps with some foxing, large folding map loose but bright with little foxing. Disbound from the Serial Set, here rebound in cloth with minor external rubbing. At the ending of the Mexican War both nations immediately set about fixing the new boundary between the two countries. This report and the associated maps are a product of the first phase of the survey of the Mexican boundary. Initial work began in 1849 and immediately bogged down over establishing the length of a marine league and Mexican General Garcia Conde's demand that his country be given the port of San Diego. The large map (17 x 22 inches) was critical to the rest of the survey. Entitled Topographical Sketch of the Southernmost Point of the Port of San Diego and measurement of the Marine League for determining Initial Point of Boundary United States and Mexican Republic, it specifies that a marine league is equal to 5564 metres, and locates the initial point well south of the port. It is quite large scale with 2 inches to the mile. It shows several camps just inland from the bay and the surrounding topography. The Commissioner's route east is shown following the Arroyo de Tia Juana as far as Achilld's (sic) Ranch. The other maps are Plan of the Junction of the Colorado and Gila Rivers (8 x 6), an unnamed map of the same junction on a slightly different scale, and Map of a Survey and Reconnaissance of the Vicinity of the Mouth of the Rio Gila (11 x 16 ) quite a bit more detailed than the two above. The text consists of correspondence on file in the Department of the Interior referring to operations of the United States boundary commission. It shows the progress of the survey and gives detail of how the money appropriated for it was spent. Secretary of the Interior Thomas Ewing felt the reports from the boundary commissioner were vague and unsatisfactory and notes that an additional $50,000 will be needed for the current fiscal year. W-C-B 189a, Wheat 616, 650, 652, 653.

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A Grammar of the Cree Language: With which is combined an Analysis of the Chippeway Dialect.
Howse, Joseph
London: Trubner & Co., 1865. Second edition. Original stamped boards. Spine faded, some loss of cloth at the top and bottom of the spine. Ex lib consisting of ink numbers on spine and a small bookplate on the front pastedown, else clean and very good. Howse (1774-1852) was a fur trader, explorer, and linguist. In 1795 Howse signed on with the Hudson's Bay Co as a "writer," staying for varying periods at Carlton House, Chesterfield House and Fort Edmonton. From Edmonton, Howse explored the Columbia River continental divide (1809-11). His twenty years among the Cree in Prince Rupert's Land gave him a good command of the indigenous language. This important study was originally published in 1844. Siebert calls it "one of the most comprehensive of Cree grammars." Siebert Sale (citing the first edition) 73.

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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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Three Years' Hunting and Trapping in America and the Great North-West.
Turner-Turner, J.
London: Maclure & Co.; 1888. viii, 182pp, advts, 2 maps, illus. Bright, near fine copy in a plain dust jacket with a fabulous cover illustration beneath. Turner-Turner was an English big game hunter. After some American adventures he and his wife determined to settle on Vancouver Island. A side trip to Metlakatla Pass provided chances for trapping and observing Indian life up the Skeena River. Excellent drawings of Indian artifacts add to an interesting account of west coast and Rocky Mountain settlements. A porting classic in remarkable condition. Lande 1490.

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Tour from the City of New-York to Detriot in the Michigan Territory Made Between the 2nd of May and the 22nd of September, 1818.
Darby, William
NY: Kirk & Mercein, 1819. 228pp, lxiii, index, 3 folding maps (only one in some copies). Rebound in quarter leather, moderate foxing, else very good. In a series of letters, William Darby (1775-1854), who describes himself as a member of the New-York Historical Society, chronicles his journey up the Hudson, across New York to Ogdensburg and Sackett's Harbor (on Lake Ontario), and on to Buffalo and Detroit. Along the way, he spends time in Rhinebeck, Utica, Geneva, Niagara Falls, and other points of scenic or economic interest. He also discusses the St. Lawrence River and its commercial traffic at length, analyzing development on both shores and comparing the United States's and Canada's growth. Darby made the trip across Lake Erie from Buffalo to Detroit on the schooner Zephyr, stopping at such towns as Dunkirk, Cleveland, and Sandusky. His return trip to New York took him back along the American shore of Lake Erie to Buffalo and Albany (by way of Auburn, the Finger Lakes, and Schenectady). Appended to these letters are "general remarks" (which include excerpts of a speech by Governor Clinton to the New York State Legislature), a description of Ballston Spa, and a letter Darby received about the not-yet-opened Erie Canal. Darby tells us primarily about the geology and natural features of the areas he visits as well as their current and future economic prospects. He provides some demographic information and occasionally mentions local accommodations with brief remarks upon remarkable events and characters giving interest to different places. Darby was a peripatetic traveler and prolific writer; a geographer who participated in surveys of the United States boundaries with both Texas and Canada. Howes D66.

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Cache la Poudre
Myrick, Herbert
NY: Orange Judd Company 1905. 202pp, illus. Some of the tipped in illustrations have their corners creased, else very good. This the limited edition, one of 500 bound in "Indian Smoke tanned buckskin" with a fringe. The illustrations are by Schreyvogel, Deming and Fangel along with many documentary photographs. The text combines fiction with history; many of the photos are of real characters of the old west and cowboy life. There is much on Custer, and while fictional, Dustin comments "...there is a realism that does not offend." Dykes nominates it as a High Spot of Western Illustration (#36). The fringed leather binding is unusual and attractive. Herd 1596 "rare", Dustin 476, Howes M935.

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Fort Thornburgh, Utah.
(Military)
Washington: U.S. House of Representatives, 1882. 47th Congress, 1st Session, House of Representatives, Ex. Doc. No. 90. 3pp, 27 folding sheets of architectural plans. Removed from the Serial Set and bound in cloth. Some edge chipping to the text and fold separations on the sheets, overall very good. The history of Fort Thornburgh began with the removal of the Ute Indians in Colorado to Utah following the hostilities of 1879. Secretary of War Robert T. Lincoln decided to construct a fort to hold the Utes on the reservation and to quiet any potential hostilities between the Indians and the white population. A final site for the site was selected in the spring of 1882 about 6.5 miles northwest of present day Vernal, Utah. Secretary of War Lincoln proposed an elaborate $84,000 fort consisting of thirty-two brick and frame buildings to house two companies of cavalry and two of infantry. This document is the proposal with elevations, sections, foundation plans, and floor plans for the major buildings, the largest 22 by 18 inches, most smaller. Plans include the post headquarters, officers' quarters, guard house, stables, and many more. The active army seems to have been unimpressed by the proposal. Gen. W. T. Sherman commented in his letter of transmittal, "The necessity for this post was forced on the War Department by the removal of the Utes from Colorado to Utah, but as this is their last ditch, the present Fort Thornburgh will have some chance of permanency. At all events, troops must be maintained there or thereabouts, and cannot exist without shelter." Sherman was wrong about permanency. Congress appropriated but $1,500 for the fort in 1883 and what there was of Fort Thornburgh was officially abandoned sometime during the winter of 1883 or spring of 1884. What remains is this interesting presentation of military architecture never realized.

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The Naturalist's Library; Volume VI. Mammalia
Jardine, Sir William
Edinburgh: W.H. Lizars 1837 264pp, 32 plates (all but 3 hand colored). 16mo (6 4 inches). Half red leather and cloth. Spine faded to brown, some soil and wear to extremities, insect damage to cloth on back board, internally clean and very good. Covers the natural history of all Cetaceans, with a general section on comparative anatomy and chapters on 17 genera of whales. Chapter on the Greenland whale describes general knowledge about the species as taken from literature of other authors. Coverage includes general description, bones, hearing, swimming, breaching, respiration, diving, food and feeding, gestation, lactation, maturation, maternal behavior, distribution, and history of whaling and description of whale hunting techniques in the eastern Arctic. The engravings are splendid gems of engraving, many showing scenes of whaling ships and whalers.

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The Conquest of New Mexico and California; An Historical and Personal Narrative.
Cooke, P. St. Geo.
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1878. First edition, iv, 307pp, folding map. Extremities slightly frayed, front hinge starting, else clean and very good. Philip St. George Cooke (1809-1895) had a long and interesting military career and was a highly readable author. This is his account of the march of the Army of the West over the Santa Fe Trail to Santa Fe in 1846. There Cooke took command of the Mormon Batallion and opened a wagon road through Mexico to Tucson and on to San Diego that later became a popular route for westbound emigrants and gold seekers. In addition to his experiences crossing the desert, he describes the final stages of the Mexican War in California. Cook is highly critical of Fremont's actions. The folding map, Sketch of part of the route and wagon road of Lt. Colonel Cooke, from Santa Fe to the Pacific Ocean, 1846-7, shows the route of the batallion from Santa Fe to the Gila River. Howes C738, Rittenhouse SFT 129, Tutorow 3426.

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Lewis & Dryden's Marine History of the Pacific Northwest.
Wright, E. W., ed.
Portland OR: Lewis & Dryden Printing Co, 1895. 494pp, illus. Folio. Original leather. Externally rubbed and scuffed, especially noticeable on the spine. Short tears to a few pages, some with tape repairs. Hinges reinforced. Withal, a very good copy. The subtitle continues: "An Illustrated Review of the Growth and Development of the Maritime Industry From the Advent of the Earliest Navigators [With] The H.W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest." And George Tweney describes it: "This is an encyclopedic account of the men and ships - both steam and sail - that have contributed to the history of the Pacific Northwest. Hundreds of illustrations review the growth and development of the maritime industry from the earliest navigators and explorers..., with sketches and portraits of a number of well-known marine men. It is an indispensable book in any collection relating to the Pacific Northwest." Howes W693, Tweney Washington 89, 87.

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A Report on the Hygiene of the United States Army, with Descriptions of Military Posts.
Billings, John S.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1875. lix, 567pp, plates and illus, folding map in facsimile. Recased with new end papers. A stain across the top edge has entered the text block and caused deterioration of a few pages not approaching the text. Otherwise very good. Billings reports on individual military installations around the United States and includes such information as medical statistics, climate, and plans of forts, along with a lengthy discussion of the state of army hygiene. Particularly interesting for the site plans of many of the facilities described. A vas amount of information on frontier posts. Howes presents this as the second edition of an 1870 publication by the Surgeon-General's Office of the War Department, but the present volume contains much of the information in the earlier document, but adds information of 95 additional posts and the report on hygiene, making it substantially more than a simple later edition. Howes B450.

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Dakota Land or the Beauty of St. Paul.
Hankins, Col.
New York: Hankins & Son, Publishers, 1868. First edition. 460pp, [xxiv] advts, illus, folding map. Original printed boards. Some soil and wear to extremities with minor loss of cloth on the spine. Binding sound, internally clean, AEG. A conglomeration of local history, fact and fancy, dreams and revelations, and word pictures of the area. Despite the inventions, the book has value to the historian in its contemporary descriptions of the city and of Minnesota during the 1860's. The folding map (13 by 17 inches) titled Map of the Great North West is by Colton and shows all of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, along with much of Iowa and the eastern portion of a single Dakota. It is not present in all issues. Handcolored. There is a short tear at the gutter and a couple of misfolds, but is bright and crisp.

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Wisconsin and Its Resources; With Lake Superior, its Commerce and Navigation.
Ritchie, James S.
Philadelphia: Charles Desilver, 1857. First edition.312pp, illus, 2 folding maps, [xii advts]. Original embossed cloth. Light edgewear, minor foxing, remarkably near fine with the gilt spine title and cover emblem still bright. This is the scarce first edition of an emigrant guide to Wisconsin, then only nine years a state. There are chapters on early history, agriculture, geology, lumber, principal towns, counties, land grants and public lands, and more. A ninety page section describes the environs of Lake Superior including mineral resources, principal towns and a tour around the lake. The folding maps (being A New Map of the State of Wisconsin, 16 x 13 inches; and Map of Lake Superior with its Rail Road & Steamboat Connection, 8 x 10 ) both by Desilver have some misfolds along the gutter edge but are otherwise bright and crisp, just like the rest of the book.

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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 André Michaux (1770-1855), son of botanist André 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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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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Potewatemi Nememissinoikan Ewlyowat Nemadjik Ctholiques Endjoik.
(Indian languages)
Baltimoinak (Baltimore): John Murphy, Okimissinakisan,1846.

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Decorative Art of the Southwestern Indians.
Sides, Dorothy Smith
Santa Ana, CA: Fine Arts press, 1936. 16pp, 50 plates (complete). Small folio in a slipcase. Each plate in this splendid set of Indian design motifs illustrates an aspect or feature typical of Pueblo style (there are a couple of Navajo images), and 41 are printed in color. On the reverse there is a paragraph describing the design and references. Ex lib with library deaccession stamp verso of each plate. The plates recto are bright and clean. A beautiful production and very scarce.

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Appletons' Railroad and Steamboat Companion...
Williams, W.
NY: D. Appleton & Company, 1848. 313pp, illus, maps [8pp advts]. 12mo. Original printed boards. Light wear to extremities and internal browning, remarkably nice. A variant edition from Howes who calls for an 1848 edition with 12 maps; this has 30 maps on 22 sheets, five folding the rest double page. Collated complete with all of the maps called for present. Subtitled: "A complete guide to the White Mountains, Catskill Mountains, &c., Saratoga Springs, Virginia Springs, and other watering-places; with the places of fashionable and healthful resort; and containing full and accurate descriptions of the principal cities, towns and villages, the natural and artificial curiosities in the vicinity of the routes with distances, fares, &c." Thus a fascinating description of the country at mid-century, including material on the development of the railroad infrastructure. Seldom seen in this good condition. Howes W489.

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Resources of Arizona.
Hamilton, Patrick
San Francisco: A. L. Bancroft & Company, 1884. Third (best) edition. 414pp, illus (one folding plate), folding map, xiv pages of advts. Original green cloth. Something nibbled on the endpages and edges of the first fifteen or so pages with some loss of paper, not approaching any text, contemporary presentation on ffep. That aside, this is a clean, tight copy with the gilt titles still bright on the spine and front. The folding map is bright. An early promotional for the territory with information on mineral, farming, grazing, and timberlands, as well as history, climate and political organization. The full page lithographic illustrations include views of Flagstaff, Clifton, and Yuma as well as images of Indians and a variety of public buildings. Emigrant enthusiasm could well be dampened by the chapter detailing Indian depredations, but Hamilton concludes the section saying that the hostiles are now under guard and that "…the Arizona Apaches are not raising grain instead of raising scalps, as they used to do." The large (19.5 x 15.5 inches) and detailed folding map not found in other editions as well as the added information makes this one superior. An early territorial guide here in exceptionally nice condition. Howes H133.

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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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Minnesota and Dacotah: Letters descriptive of a Tour through the North-West, in the Autumn of 1856...
Andres, C. C.
Washington: Robert Farnham, 1857. First edition. 215pp. (Howes calls for a map, but I can find no record of a copy with a map and John Jenkins in a catalog states that he has never seen one thus.) Original embossed cloth, some external wear with minor loss at the top of the spine, library stamp on title page, slightly cocked, withal a very good copy. This is Andrews' account of his travels in a series of letters. He describes the scenery, settlers, Native Americans, and potential of the region. A lawyer himself, he has an entire chapter on the bar of Minnesota and "chances for lawyers in the West." A short concluding chapter deals with "The Proposed New Territory of Dacatoah." Howes A253.

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The Great Lakes or Inland Seas of America...
Disturnell, J.
New York: Charles Scribner, 1863. 192pp, illus, folding map. Original boards, some rubbing and internal browning. The binding is tight and the folding map crisp. The subtitle reads in its entirety (deep breath), "Embracing a full description of Lakes Superior, Huron, Michigan, Erie, and Ontario; Rivers St. Mary, St. Clair, Detroit, Niagara, and St. Lawrence, Lake Winnipeg, etc.: together with the commerce of the lakes, and trips through the lakes: giving a description of cities, towns, etc. forming altogether a complete guide for the pleasure traveler and emigrant." A tall order, to be sure, but this little book does a pretty good job of providing information on the lakes and surrounding features. The large folding map shows (13.5 x 25 inches) much of the northeastern U.S. and upper Midwest, and the final twenty-nine pages of advertising offers many options for transportation and lodging. An interesting regional guide.

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Fine Bird Books 1700-1900.
Sitwell, Sacheverell and Handasyde Buchanan and James Fisher
London: Collins & Van Nostrand, 1953. Oversize hardcover, extremities rubbed and edgeworn, interior clean and very good. Binding is half cloth over marbled boards.

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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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Head and Face Maks in Navaho Ceremonialism.
Haile, Berard
St. Michaels, AZ: The St. Michaels Press; 1947. 122pp, illus including 14 colored serigraphs (2 folding). Dust jacket slightly soiled with some edgewear and a smalll chip from the front panel. Good news: with the bookplate of ethnologist Bertha Dutton, thus a nice provenance. Bad news: Bertha wrote in her books, underlining a few words and phrases limited to the first sixty or so pages. Father Haile (1874-1961) was a Franciscan priest who devoted much of his life to studying Navajo language and customs, and wrote or contributed to 22 books and many scholarly articles. In this book he examines the origin of the "gods" or "speechless ones" and the masks which they left behind for the use of the Navajo people, relying on published and unpublished source material as well as native informants. A classic study.

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Autobiography of Isaac Jones Wistar 1827-1905. 2 Vols.
Wistar, Isaac Jones
Philadelphia: The Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology, 1914. 1st edition. 2 volumes. volume I; frontis, ix, 341pp, illus, folding map. volume II; 191pp, illus. Some wear to extremities, chipping to spine titles and spine fading, else tight and very good. 1 off 250, numbered with a presentation bookplate on front pastedown. A slip tipped into both volumes reads: "the recipient of this book is requested to regard its contents, for the present as confidential." Wistar led a long, adventurous life. He crossed the plains to California where he wisely went into business hauling supplies to miners instead of mining himself. He traded in hostile Indian country and journeyed to the Pacific northwest. Almost all of volume I consists of his California experiences which provides good and engaging detali. It is a significant account of the gold rush. Wistar was a Union General in the Civil War where he was wounded four times. After the war he made a fortune in railroad financing, although these business activities didn't make it into his autobiography. Howes W598 "b," Kurutz 691a, Mintz 501, Wheat Books of the California Gold Rush 234.

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