First edition. Cloth, 400 pp., portrait. Mooso spent his boyhood in Canada and as a young man became employed by the American Fur Company. He relates an account of his overland trip to California and Oregon, and his experiences trapping on the upper Missouri and Columbia rivers. Captured by Indians, Mooso gives an exciting account of his captivity among the Columbia River Indians. Eventually escaping, Mooso traveled the Santa Fe Trail in the 1840's and relates his observations of Santa Fe and the Mexican people. Later moving on to Salt Lake City, he tells much about the history of the Mormons and the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Mooso's travels were extensive and he makes observations of Indians and their customs throughout the West. Eventually settling in Kansas, Mooso gives an account of the early settlement of Cowley County. An important work; of particular value are his experiences as a trapper, his captivity by Indians, and his account of the Mormons. Very good; with some edgewear, minor professional repair to spine ends, and the usual fading to gilt on front cover and spine. This copy was purchased by Peter Decker at the Auerbach Sale, with Decker's brief penciled comment on front endpapers, "Finest copy I've seen. PD." A rare work made especially desirable by its condition and the association with Herbert S. Auerbach and Peter Decker. Custom slipcase.
Inventory Number: 42793