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    "The engaging narrative, which reads like
    delightful fiction, was his actual experience..."

    Francis Parkman, Jr. The California and Oregon Trail: Being Sketches of Prairie and Rocky Mountain Life. New York: George P. Putnam, 1849. First edition, second issue. Twelvemo. [2, pages 1-2 of ads], 448, [8, pages 3-10 of ads] pages. With sepia-toned frontispiece and additional engraved sepia-toned half-title page. Publisher's blind-tooled green cloth with gilt spine titles.

    "First edition, much prized by collectors and superior to subsequent issues...the charm of Parkman's diction still remains. The engaging narrative, which reads like delightful fiction, was his actual experience, as he accompanied the expedition." (Cowan).

    Condition: Slight slant to text block; boards soiled with moderate shelf wear along the edges and loss to the spine ends; front hinge with cloth repair; rear hinge cracked but holding; inscription in pencil by an owner "May F. Parker" on front endpaper; contents with moderate to occasionally heavy scattered foxing; lower corner of front free endpaper lacking, else about very good.

    References: Graff 3201; Howes P97.


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