First edition. 12mo. Signed "Compliments of Rodney N. Herndon son of the author." Original green cloth, titles stamped in gold gilt on the spine, decorated front and rear endpapers, xvi, 270 pp., frontispiece (portrait of the author), preface. This work originally appeared as a series of letters in the Rocky Mountain Husbandman. The author was a member of the Hardinbrooke ox-train that traveled to Virginia City, Montana. The author provides a diary of the journey and recounts the hardships that include sickness, a murder, quarreling among members, etc. Decker 41:341: “A day-by-day account of a journey via the North Platte, Bridger’s Pass, across Wyoming into Virginia City, actually by way of the Bridger Trail and one of the very few accounts we have of a journey along this trail to the Montana mines.” Cloth lightly rubbed at the spine ends and corners, a bit of light pencil marks throughout, else a very good copy.
Inventory Number: 37946