Publication: Francis P Harper, 1902, New York
First edition. Three Volumes. Cloth, xxiv, 482 pp. + viii, 483-892 pp. + 893-1029 pp. Preface. Frontis illustrations in Volume I & II. Numerous other illustrations and facsimiles. Large folding map in pocket at rear of Volume III, as issued. A classic fur trade history by an outstanding scholar. The first comprehensive study and still the best work on the subject. The author tells the history of the people and places of the fur trade era and the legendary trappers like Manuel Lisa, William H. Ashley, the Sublette brothers, Jedediah Smith, Jim Bridger, and Kenneth McKenzie. Howes C390 says, "Since the fur traders and trappers were the pioneer explorers of the Far West, much of the importance of their activities relates to the physical geography of the area, General Chittenden was peculiarly fitted to treat of these subjects, as he was an Army engineer by profession and personally skilled in topography." Bookplates in all three volumes of Harvey Earl Partridge (1859-1935), president and general manager of Wyman-Partridge and Company, a dry goods wholesaler and clothing manufacturer in Minneapolis. Extremities rubbed, small cracks at spine ends, and a few spots on the bindings; else very good and sound.
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