14 June 2006
DE SMET, Pierre Jean (1804-1873). Letters and Sketches with a Narrative of a Year's Residence among the Indian Tribes of the Rocky Mountains. Philadelphia: M. Fithian, 1843.
12o. 252pp., large folding allegorical plate (Indian symbolic catechism) at back, 12 full-page lithographic plates (scattered light foxing). Modern half polished calf, t.e.g. Provenance: W.J. Holliday, Bibliothece del Suroeste bookplate.
FIRST EDITION, a classic western account. For some 40 years, father De Smet travelled throughout the west, ministering to and preaching to a multitude of native tribes; his experiences and detailed observations are presented in a series of letters dated 1841-1842. Field 1423; Graff 3823; Howes D-283; Sabin 82262; Streeter sale 4:2095; Wagner Camp 102.1.
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