9 December 2009
FARNHAM, Thomas Jefferson (1804-1848). Travels in the Great Western Prairies, the Anahuac and Rocky Mountains, and in the Oregon Territory. London: Richard Bentley, 1843.
2 volumes, 12o (197 x 122 mm). Half-titles. (Without the advertisement.) 20th-century green half calf, marbled boards, morocco lettering-pieces, top edges gilt, by Zaehnsdorf.
FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, after the first edition of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., 1841. According to Herschel V. Jones, this is the "first and most interesting" of Farnham's books on the West, and "it is the best account of the first overland-to-Oregon migration of settlers." Farnham opens his Travels by noting of his companions that "Some of our number sought health in the wilderness--others sought the wilderness for its own sake--and others sought a residence among the ancient forests and lofty heights of the valley of the Columbia." He provided a direct, vigorous narrative celebrating the West, with interesting insights on native cultures and geographies. Field 524; Jones 1070; Graff 1295; Howes F-50; Rader 1340; Sabin 23872; Wagner-Camp-Becker 85:2. (2)
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