Publication: HW Derby & Co, 1850, Cincinnati
First edition, first state. From the library of Clint and Dorothy Josey with their bookplate affixed to front pastedown sheet. Original black blindstamped cloth with original spine replaced, original title in gilt on the spine, vi, , 349 pp., introductory, Graff 1513 says, " An important Southwest book by a perceptive observer and a thoroughly captivating writer. Edward Eberstadt often recommended this work as the first book that collectors should read about the Southwest." Jack Rittenhouse in The Santa Fe Trail 236 says, "...was only seventeen when he went to the West. He describes his trip over the Santa Fe Trail in the fall of 1846 with Ceran St. Vrain's train, via Bent's Fort. After a winter in Taos, he returned over the SFT in 1847. Garrard captured the sound of the trapper's language with a skill equal to Ruxton's, and this work remains one of the great classics not only on the Trail but of the entire Southwest." During his travels Garrard met Jim Beckwourth, Kit Carson, Edward Beale, and George Ruxton. Additionally he accompanied the celebrated Indian trader Ceran St. Vrain, and was present in Taos, New Mexico, for the trial of the Mexican prisoners. Garrard wrote the only eye witness account of the trial and hanging of six convicted men. A fascinating account of life in the Southwest and an important overland narrative. Professionally rebacked with the title portion of the original spine remaining, front and rear endpapers replaced, and some pages lightly foxed, else a near fine, tight copy. Housed in a slipcase.
Inventory Number: 28736