Publication: Smith, Elder and Co, 1853, London
First edition. Original cloth, vii-xiv, 218 pp. + 16 pages of advertisements by the publisher. Introduction. "This book consists of sketches of life in old Oregon, most concerning the Indians, with incidental information on the fur trade."---Wagner-Camp 232. The author, "By A Fur Trader," was once a subject of controversy but it's now generally agreed to have been authored by Peter Skene Ogden, noted British fur trader of the Hudson Bay Company. "[The Author] rescued the Whitman massacre captives and tells us most of what we know about Jedediah Smith's 1828 Oregon Journey."---Streeter Sale 3717. Thirteen of the 16 sketches relate the authors' experiences as a fur trader in British Columbia or along the Columbia River. Included is the story of the massacre of Jedediah Smith's men on the Umpqua River in 1828, which is told as in Smith's own words. Ex-library copy with 1.5" library stamp on verso of title page and in the lower fore-corner of 3 other pages. Previous owners name and date at top edge of front free endpaper. Some modest sunning to spine and some very slight edgewear, else near fine. A rare work in exceptional condition. Slipcase.
Inventory Number: 26900