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    Sale 1922

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    3 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 86

    PARKMAN, Francis, Jr. (1823-1893). The California and Oregon Trail: Being Sketches of Prairie and Rocky Mountain Life. New York: George P. Putnam, 1849.

    Price Realised  

    PARKMAN, Francis, Jr. (1823-1893). The California and Oregon Trail: Being Sketches of Prairie and Rocky Mountain Life. New York: George P. Putnam, 1849.

    12o (188 x 123 mm). Additional tinted engraved pictorial title-page and tinted engraved frontispiece after Darley by Childs. (Some foxing.) Original blue blindstamped cloth, gilt-lettered on spine (spine darkened, joints cracked, some minor wear at extremities); blue quarter morocco slipcase. Provenance: Jacob Chester Chamberlain (bookplate).

    FIRST EDITION, first printing of Parkman's first book, with terminal catalogue paged 3-10. Parkman's sister Caroline worked as his chief copyist for this work due to his failing eyesight. Parkman traveled the Oregon Trail in 1846 to recover his health. This resulting account of the Indians and settlers he encountered is "the classic account of the emigrant journey to the Rockies" (Grolier American 58). BAL 15446; Cowan p. 474; Field 1177; Flake 3277; Graff 3201; Grolier American 58; Holliday 853; Howes P-97; Larned 2062; Mintz 359; Rader 2608; Rittenhouse 450; Sabin 58801; Streeter sale III:1815; Wagner-Camp-Becker 170:1b. See lot 82 for Parkman's copy of Frémont's 1845 report.


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