21 June 2005
GARRARD, Lewis H. (1829-1887). Wah-To-Yah, and the Taos Trail; or Prairie Travel and Scalp Dances, with a Look at Los Rancheros from Muleback and the Rocky Mountain Campfire. Cincinnati: H.W. Derby & Co.; New York: A.S. Barnes & Co., 1850.
8o (183 x 125 mm). (Some intermittent pale spotting.) Original green blindstamped cloth, gilt-lettered on spine (some minor wear at extremities); green quarter morocco slipcase.
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY GARRARD on the front free endpaper: "To Miss Macalester with Mr. Garrard's compliments." Garrard left Westport in 1846 in a Santa Fe wagon train led by Colonel Ceran St. Vrain and returned to St. Louis in the summer of 1847. His account describes the Taos Massacre and the subsequent trials of prisoners. During his travels, Garrard met several well-known figures, notably Jim Beckworth, Kit Carson and George Ruxton. Graff 1513; Howes G-70; Rader 1538; Rittenhouse 236; Sabin 26687; Streeter I:170; Tutorow 3428; Wagner-Camp-Becker 182.
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