THE CALIFORNIA AND OREGON TRAIL
BEING SKETCHES OF PRAIRIE AND ROCKY MOUNTAIN LIFE
1849; Francis Parkman; First Edition, First Issue; George P. Putnam; 448 Pages +10 of Ads (2 in front, 8 in back); Leather Case; w5.3"xh7.7"; Very Rare!!!
Great For any Fan of the Famous Author or Collector!!!
Believe this is the First Issue with "Parkman" on spine in sans seriff, two pages of ads in the beginning, Eight in the back; With the Very Rare damaged type on page 436 to eight words; Wagner- Camp lists this as a variant of the first printing, and Howe's hypothesizes that "this 'freak' variant was probably one of the 6 special copies sent by the publisher to Parkman." Page 437 the text is clean; What I've research its suppose to be on both?, but all other copies I've research they don't have the damaged type on either page!!!
Comes with a nice custom made slip case with leather/gold binding, tri fold inner case housing the original blue cloth cover design with floral stamped boards, gold labeling/stamping to binding, a pretty Lithographic frontispiece and vignette title page in beige/black, and a Fascinating Read!!!
The Oregon Trail: Sketches of Prairie and Rocky-Mountain Life (also published as The California & Oregon Trail) is a book written by Francis Parkman. It was originally serialized in twenty-one installments in Knickerbocker's Magazine (1847–49) and subsequently published as a book in 1849. The book is a first-person account of a 2-month summer tour in 1846 of the U.S. states of Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, and Kansas. Parkman was 23 at the time. The heart of the book covers the three weeks Parkman spent hunting buffalo with a band of Oglala Sioux.
After crossing the Allegheny Mountains by coach and continuing by boat and wagon to Westport, Missouri, he set out with three companions on a horseback journey that would ultimately take him over two thousand miles. His detailed description of the journey, set against the vast majesty of the Great Plains, has emerged through the generations as a classic narrative of one man's exploration of the American Wilderness.
Francis Parkman, Jr. (September 16, 1823 – November 8, 1893) was an American historian, best known as author of The Oregon Trail: Sketches of Prairie and Rocky-Mountain Life and his monumental seven-volume France and England in North America. These works are still valued as historical sources and as literature. He was also a leading horticulturist, briefly a professor of Horticulture at Harvard University and author of several books on the topic. Parkman was a trustee of the Boston Athenæum from 1858 until his death in 1893.
Condition is Fair/Good. Few light scuffs to back leather of case/lower spine, some wear to edges/boards, lighten spine, few cup ring marks on back board, darken blemish to lower spine, some wear to top/bottom spine cloth, bumped corners, some light blemishing throughout, wear to end pages, I think a removed bookplate, small piece at edge of one ad page missing, text block could be tighter/as issued, hinges are very good for over 165 years old!!!