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    Josiah Gregg. Commerce of the Prairies: or the Journal of a Santa Fe Trader During Eight Expeditions Across the Great Western Prairies, and a Residence of Nearly Nine Years in Northern Mexico. Illustrated with Maps and Engravings. New York: Henry G. Langley, 1845. Second edition. Two 12mo volumes, 320 pages; 318 pages. Illustrated with engravings and maps; indexed. Twentieth century quarter-bound binding with maroon cloth and leather spine, lettered in gilt on the spine with five raised bands. Marbled endpapers. Heavy foxing and browning to the pages, particularly along the outer margins. Bumped corners on both volumes and some rubbing on both spines. Overall, a very good copy.

    One of the landmark books of Western Americana, Gregg's book is acclaimed by all sources as the principal contemporary authority on the Santa Fe Trail and trade, the Indians of the south plains, and New Mexico in the Mexican period. Gregg originally moved to Santa Fe for health considerations, but he quickly became one of the foremost traders of the region. J. Frank Dobie calls his book "one of the classics of bedrock Americana." It gives a lively, intimate and personal account of experiences on the prairies and in northern Mexico.

    Reference: Graff 1559. Bay pages 367, 371-2. Howes G401. Jones 1087. Clark, Travels III 172. Dobie 75-76. Raines, p. 99. Wagner-Camp-Becker 108:1. Streeter Texas 1502. Streeter Sale 378. Rittenhouse 255.


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