First American edition. First issue, with first state of label on spine. Original cloth, 274 pp + 36 pages of advertisements. "Washington Irving and his nephew John Treat Irving accompanied Indian Commissioner Henry L. Ellsworth and his party on a tour of the southern Great Plains in the fall of 1832....The tour was an unusually well-recorded journey."----Wagner-Camp-Becker 56:2. Irving's "tour" among the Osage and Pawnee tribes. "In 1832 Irving joined the party of Indian Commissioner Henry L. Ellsworth on his expedition to the land of the Osages and Pawnees. Everything relating to aboriginal life or manners, had an attraction for Washington Irving which he could not resist. The hardy fur-trapper, with his trusty rifle, and his dusky bride, scorning with the fierce pride of independence the sweets of civilization; the wild warrior of the plains, in his swift foray on the herds of the civilized intruders on his domains, or in the bloody invasion of a neighboring tribe, all had for the author a warm coloring which he loved to paint. It is of such scenes, blended with the softer traditions of Indian lore, and the dreams of the better land, this book is composed. Irving eagerly seized the opportunity offered by a government mission to the Pawnees, of observing for himself the peculiarities of a savage race; and of what he saw he has made the most charming picture ever painted of its life.” Professionally recased, retaining original cloth and boards. New endpapers. Lightly foxed throughout. Very good.
Inventory Number: 25441