First edition thus. 8vo. Limited to 365 copies, of which this is copy 61. Originally printed in 1846. Two-tone quarter cloth and boards, 316  pp., preface, teg, introduction, frontispiece [portrait of Thomas James], illustrated, plates, portraits, appendix, bibliography, index. Wagner/Camp/Becker 121 says "The first copy to become known in recent years was that of the Missouri Historical Society, which issued a reprint in 1916, edited by Walter B. Douglas." "Not only did General James participate in the beginning of the American Fur trade, but also he was one of the first to venture into New Mexico and to begin trade with Santa Fe, the story of which takes up much of his reminiscence." This copy is signed in pencil on the front fly leaf as "Property of Stella Drumm, St. Louis." Stella Drumm was archivist at the Missouri Historical Society and edited Susan Magoffin's Down The Santa Fe Trail....... Additionally there is a typed note laid-in and dated 4/13/77 to Dear Mr. Mintz over the signature of Elizabeth F. Dunlap. Mintz was Lannon W. Mintz who authored the bibliography The Trail which was of publications of the travelers on the Overland Trail to California, etc. during the years 1841-1864. Front pastedown sheet lightly cracked at the spine and minor wear to spine ends and corners, else a near fine, clean copy.
Inventory Number: 41452