Publication: The Arthur H Clark Company, 1963, Glendale
First edition. 8vo. VOLUME I: Light blue cloth, gold stamping on spine, 280 pp., frontis., sources and acknowledgments, introduction, the six women, illustrated, maps, portraits, top edges colored, edges untrimmed. Presentation inscription from the author on the half-title page dated 16 July 1964, "To Robert Peterson, These two volumes give the story of six courageous women who were the first white women to cross overland to the Pacific Northwest. I hope you will find these books both informative and inspirational. Sincerely Clifford M. Drury." This volume presents the narratives of Mrs. Marcus Whitman, Mrs. Henry H. Spalding, Mrs. William H. Gray, and Mrs. Asa B. Smith. Lightly rubbed at spine ends and corners, else a very good, tight copy. VOLUME II: Light blue cloth, gold stamping on spine, 382 pp., frontis., persons and places mentioned in the text, illustrated, portraits, top edges colored, edges untrimmed, epilogue, bibliography, index. Signed by the author on the title page. This volume presents the narratives of Mrs. Elkanah Walker and Mrs. Cushing Eells. Lightly rubbed at foot of spine, else near fine, tight copy. VOLUME III: Light blue cloth, gold stamping on spine, 332 pp., frontis., sources and acknowledgments, documents in three volumes, preface, illustrations, portraits, folding map, top edge colored, edges untrimmed, bibliography, index. This volume presents the narratives of Sarah White Smith (Mrs. Asa B. Smith) and letters of Asa B. Smith, and other documents relating to the 1838 Reenforcement to the Oregon Mission. An American Century 76 says "These women were pioneers in the truest sense of the word, living in a world completely foreign to them after a trans-continental journey, the route of which was still in large part being discovered and developed. The set contains extremely rich and valuable primary source material." Volumes of the Northwest Historical Series, VI, VII, and VIII. Very good set.
Inventory Number: 27779