3 December 2007
BRACKENRIDGE, Henry Marie (1786-1871). Views of Louisiana; together with a Journal of a Voyage up the Missouri River, in 1811. Pittsburgh: Cramer, Spear and Eichbaum, 1814.
8o (208 x 132 mm). ORIGINAL LINEN-BACKED BOARDS (a few pale stains).
"THE WORK OF A MAN WHO EXAMINED CAREFULLY INTO THE HABITS AND CHARACTER OF THE INDIANS OF THE UPPER MISSOURI" (Field)
FIRST EDITION. "Brackenridge gives an account of the fur trade, principally of Manuel Lisa's operations, and describes the expedition to the Yellowstone in 1807, the formation of the Missouri Fur Company, and the expedition to the forks of the Missouri. The second part of the above, Journal of a Voyage up to the Missouri River, describes Brackenridge's trip up the Missouri with Lisa to a newly established post of the Missouri Fur Company, upstream from the Mandan villages" (Wagner-Camp-Becker). The Louisiana Gazette published a series of Brackenridge's essays describing the Louisiana country. VERY RARE IN BOARDS: according to American Book Prices Current only a rebacked copy in boards has sold in the last thirty years (Bonham's, 24 June 1997). Cuming's Sketches of a Tour of the West Country (lot 51) was issued by the same publisher and is in a complementary binding. Clark Old South II:136; Coe p. 24; Field 166; Howes B-688; Raines p. 30; Sabin 7176; Streeter sale III:1776; Wagner-Camp-Becker 12:1. FINE IN ORIGINAL BOARDS.
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