Rare Early Account of Western Exploration[Rufus B. Sage]. Scenes in the Rocky Mountains, and in Oregon, California, New Mexico, Texas, and the Grand Praries; or Notes By the Way, During an Excursion of Three Years.... Philadelphia: Published by Carey & Hart, 1846. First edition. Octavo. xii, -303 pages. Map "Map of Oregon, California, New Mexico, N.W. Texas, & the Proposed Territory of Nebraska" (approximately 23" x 18.5"). Publisher's original blind-stamped cloth with titles stamped in gilt on the spine. Boards spotted and worn along the edges, corners bumped, especially the lower corners; lacking 4.5" section of spine panel, affecting titles; front hinge broken; lacking front endpaper; contents toned with light to moderate scattered foxing and some dampstaining; map with splits in the folds and closed tears, but complete, else a good copy of a rare work.
"Intelligent narrative of extensive travels from the Platte to the Arkansas, including the best contemporary account of Snively's abortive land-pirate expedition. Sage's map seems not to have been completed until many copies of the early issues in wrappers had been distributed." (Howes).
References: Graff 3633; Howes S16; Sabin 74892; Streeter 3049; Wagner-Camp 123:1.
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