Books dealing with the Fur Trade and Mountain Men
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  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expandAthearn, Robert:  Forts of the Upper Missouri.  Englewood: Prentice Hall, 1967. First Edition. Fine black and light red cloth covered boards with gilt tooling. In a very good+ unclipped dust jacket with heavy rubbing and wear to the upper edge of the spine area and with a 1/2" by 1/3" chip from the center of the spine area with no impact on the text. The story of how the military forts and trading post of the Upper Missouri River contributed to the developement of the fur trade and the American West. 339 pages containing text, notes and an index.
    TB25804  $50.00


  • Boller, Henry:  Among the Indians Eight Years in the Far West 1858-1866.  Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1959. First thus. Fine in blue cloth covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine with gilt top edge to the text block. With a prior owner's name and date on the first free end page. Edited by Milo Milto Quaife. Originally published in 1868 in Philadelphia by T. Elwood Zell; but, evidently it saw an earlier release prior to November 1867. In the later chapters of this book the author describes his two trips to Montana. The first during the initial gold mine discoveries of Montana and the second in 1864 for a trip to both Montana and California.
    TB28244  $25.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expandCaesar, Gene:  King of the Mountain Men The Life of Jim Bridger.  New York: E. P. Dutton Co., 1961. First Edition, First printing. Near fine in blue-green cloth covered boards with yellow text on the spine with narrow coffee stain to the fore edge. In a very good+ dust jacket with the price intact but with a coffee stain to the edge of the rear panel at the fore edge of the book; otherwise, near fine. 317 pages with index and several black and white photographs of people, places and events associated with this famous trapper and scout.
    TB14125  $35.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expandChittenden, Hiram Martin:  A History of the American Fur Trade of the Far West.  Stanford: Academic Reprints, 1954. 1954 Reprint. Both volumes are near fine in burnt orange cloth covered boards with black text on the spines. Missing the fold-out map. Both volumes are in very good dust jackets with the original prices on the flaps with a 3/8" wide hole through the jacket near the top of the spine area of volume 1 and the jacket for volume 2 has 1/3" deep chipping across the ends of the spine area Originally published in 1902 by Chittenden who was highly praised for his extremely accurate and detailed account of the Fur Trade in the Rocky Mountians. The full title reads: "The American Fur Trade of The Far West: A History of the Pioneer Trading Posts and Early Fur Companies of the Missouri Valley and the Rocky Mountains and of the Overland Commerce with Santa Fe". (Howes: C390)
    TB22825  $90.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expandConard, Howard Louis:  "Uncle Dick" Wooton The Pioneer Frontiersman Of The Rocky Mountain Region.  Chicago: W. E. Dibble & Co., 1890. First Edition. Good+ in the original decorated brown cloth covered boards with gilt text and black designs on the spine and gilt text and a circle in gilt of a man with the sketch of a log cabin and wagon on the front board. An octavo measuring 9 by 6 inches with a number of short closed tears to the cloth at the head and heel of the spine. The cloth is worn through at the lower tips of the boards and the first free end page was free, but now professionally reattached and the rear hinge has been reinforced. The binding and all pages remain tight and strong. 473 pages of text followed by a one page ad from the publisher. Illustrated with a frontispiece portrait of "Uncle Dick" Wooton together with 32 plates and 8 illustrations within the text all as called for. "An account of the adventures and thrilling experiences of the most noted American hunter, trapper, guide, scout, and Indian fighter now living" (from the title page). Considered by Howes to be "quite scarce". (Howes, C-659; Rader, 881)
    TB28486  $250.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expandCoues (Editor), Elliott:  The Manuscript Journals of Alexander Henry Fur Trader of the Northwest Company and of David Thompson Official Geographer and Explorer of the same Company 1799-1814.  Minneapolis, Minn.: Ross & Haines, Inc., 1965. Facsimile reprint of 1965. Both volumes of this two volume set are in fine condition bound in red cloth covered boards with bold gilt text stamping on the spines. Both are small quartos measuring 9" by 5 3/4". Neither volume is within a dust jacket as issued; however, the books are contained within a fine cloth covered slip case with a pasted printed, paper label around three sides. One of only 1,500 copies printed from the first edition of 1897. Volume I contains 446 pages of text and volume II contains pages 447 to 1027 which includes and extensive index for both volumes. At the rear of volume II there is a fine map contained within a pocket attached to the rear end sheet.
    TB23947  $350.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expandCrouse, Nellis:  La Verendrye Fur Trader and Explorer.  Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, (1956). First Edition, First Printing. Fine in light green cloth covered boards with silver colored text stamping on the spine and on the front board. An octavo measuring 9" by 6". In a near fine, unclipped dust jacket with a 1/3" closed tear to the upper edge of the rear panel. 247 pages including an index, bibliography, appendices and text. Illustrated with a frontispiece and two fold-out maps.
    TB27722  $75.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expandDale, Harrison Clifford:  The Ashley-Smith Explorations and the discovery of a Central Route to the Pacific 1822-1829.  Glendale, Calif.: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1941. Revised Edition. Very good+ in dark green cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine with the top edge of the text block gilt. An octavo measuring 9" by 6 1/4" with slight chipping of the gilt text stamping on the spine and with minor white paint An stains to the upper fore edges of the boards. Without its plain brown paper dust jacket. 360 pages including an index, bibliography and text. Illustrated with a two page, color frontispiece map, a second map in the text and reproductions of contemporary works of art. The author's original edition of this title was published in 1918. In the following 20 years a significant amount of new material came to light necessitating a major revision of the book. A great many of the pages in this copy are uncut. Very clean and tight with no prior ownership markings of any kind. (Howes, D-21)
    TB26942  $150.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expandFavour, Alpheus:  Old Bill Williams Mountain Man.  Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1962. First printing of the Revised Edition. Fine in green cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine. A small quarto measuring 9" by 6". In a near fine, unclipped dust jacket with light rubbing and wear to the ends of the spine area and to the fore corners of the front panel at the fold to the front flap. With an introduction by William Brandon. 234 pages including an index, bibliography, chapter notes, text and illustrated with 19 illustrations and double page map of the south-western US noting the events of Old Bill Williams life, one of the more important Mountain men of the early 1800's. Born in North Carolina in 1787 Bill Williams started out as a Baptist preacher at the age of 17. He left that calling very shortly and took up living with the Osage Indians. He then joined the first Santa Fe Trail survey party to help negotiate treaties with the Indian tribes who held the land through which the trail had to pass. He then spent seven years in the American South-west trapping, hunting and became a recognized expert at "dealing with the Indians". He ranged over what is now Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Washington and Oregon. His name has been immortalized by the naming of both a river and a mountain in Arizona after him.
    TB28533  $35.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expandFranchere, Gabriel:  Adventure At Astoria, 1810-1814.  Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, (1967). First Edition, First Printing. Fine in light blue cloth covered boards with white text on a decorated title block on the spine. An octavo measuring 9" by 6". Missing its issued dust jacket. 190 pages including an index, appendices and text. Illustrated with reproductions of contemporary works of art and maps. Translated and edited by Hoyt C. Franchere. The 53rd volume in The American Exploration and Travel Series. Originally written and published in French in 1820 and translated into English by J. V. Huntington and published in New York in 1854 under the title: Narrative of a Voyage To The Northwest Coast of America in the Years 1811 - 1814.
    TB26119  $25.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expandFranchere, Gabriel:  A Voyage To The Northwest Coast of America.  Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1954. First thus. Fine in blue cloth covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine and front board with a gilt top edge to the text block. Edited by Milo Milto Quaife. The author was one of three clerks employed by John Jacob Astor to work at the mouth of the Columbia River in the American North Pacific from 1810 to 1814. 318 pages including an index followed by a list of previoius titles published in the Lakeside Classic Series. Illustrated with a frontispiece, photographs, etchings and three maps.
    TB27195  $25.00


  • Hoig, Stan:  The Western Odyssey of John Simpson Smith Frontiersman, Trapper, Trader. and Interpreter.  Glendale, Calif.: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1974. First Edition, First printing. Fine in bright red cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine. A small quarto measuring 9 1/4" by 6". Without its original, plain, brown paper dust jacket. 254 pages including an index, bibliography and text. Illustrated with early black and white photographs and reproductions of contemporary works of art. Volume XV in the Western Frontiersman's Series by The Arthur H. Clark Company. One of only 1,613 copies printed. (Clark Bibliiography, 122)
    TB23945  $60.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expandKaramanski, Theodore:  Fur Trade and Exploration Opening the Far Northwest 1821-1852.  Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1983. First Edition, First printing. Fine in yellow cloth covered boards with bold brown text stamping on the spine with a prior owner's embossed seal on the first free end page. In a near fine, unclipped dust jacket with the spine area slightly faded. 330 pages including an index, bibliography, notes, text with several illustrations and photographs.
    TB26601  $35.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expandKelly and Dale Morgan, Charles:  Old Greenwood The Story of Caleb Greenwood: Trapper, Pathfinder, and early Pioneer..  Georgetown, Calif.: The Talisman Press, 1965. Revised Edition. Near fine in in black cloth covered boards with gilt text stamped on the spine and with illustrated end sheets. An octavo measuring 9" by 6" with faint rubbing to the cloth at the corners of the boards. In a near fine, unclipped dust jacket. One of only 750 copies printed. A complete rewrite of the original publication of 1936, with new information by the same author in partnership with Dale L. Morgan. Quoting the author: "...this edition has been extensively revised... only paragraphs here and there survive from the original book." 361 numbered pages including text and appendices followed by an extensive index. Illustrated with a four page section of photographs and a fold-out map at the end of the text.
    TB27729  $125.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expandLeonard, Zenas:  Narrative of the Adventures of Zenas Leonard.  Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1934. First thus. Very good+ in red cloth covered boards with gilt text and decorations on the spine and front board. The cloth on the spine is slightly faded and the corners of the head and heel of the spine are rubbed. A Lakeside Classic issued in 1934. Edited by Milo Milton Quaife. First appearing in a newspaper in 1835 and reprinted in a book format in 1839 and again in 1904 this narrative by Leonard recounts his years as a fur trapper in the American West between 1831 to 1835. The fold-out map is in place behind the first free end paper and is in perfect condition.
    TB27498  $50.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expandLuttig, John:  Journal Of A Fur-Trading Expedition On The Upper Missouri 1812-1813.  New York: Argosy-Antiquarian Ltd., 1964. Reprint of 1964. Fine in dark green cloth covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine. A small octavo measuring 8" by 5 1/2". Without a dust jacket. A facsimile reprinting of the original printing of 1920. This is one of only 750 copies produced. 213 pages of text, appendices, index and bibliography followed by two pages of facsimile copies of the original journal and a fold-out map at the rear of the book. Illustrated with a frontispiece, facsimile copies of pages from the journal, reproductions of photographs and contemporary works of art as well as the map as aforesaid. Wright Howes in his bibliography, U.S.Iana, states of this book: an "important account, by a clerk of the Missouri Fur Company, of one of Manuel Lisa's earliest expeditions." (Howes, L-572)
    TB27727  $50.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expandMumey, Nolie:  The Life of Jim Baker 1818-1898.  New York: Interland Publishing Inc., 1972. Signed, deluxe limited edition. Fine in 1/2 yellow leather and patterned, paper covered boards with gilt on dark green title labels on the spine as well as gilt borders and tool work. An octavo measuring 9 by 6 inches with reinforced cloth hinges and marbled end sheets and a silk placement ribbon sewn-in at the head of the spine. Without a dust jacket as issued. One of only 100 copies printed and made available for sale. This copy is out of series and it is signed by the Joe Grandee and Peter Decker who provided the foreword. 234 pages including an index, bibliography and text. Illustrated with a frontispiece photograph of a painting of a mountain man by Joe Grandee. Tipped in after the fly title page is a large fold-out map of the western United States showing the travels and expeditions of Jim Baker. This is a facsimile reprint of the extremely scarce, original 1931 edition which was only printed in 250 signed and numbered copies.
    TB28866  $250.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expandNasatir (Editor), A. P.:  Before Lewis and Clark Documents Illustrating the History of the Missouri 1785-1804 Volume I.  St. Louis: St. Louis Historical Documents Foundation, 1952. First Edition, First printing. Very good in gray-blue cloth covered boards with tarnished gold text on the spine. There is a snag to the cloth in the middle of the spine causing a 1/4" tear in two directions. Without its issued dust jacket. An octavo measuring 9" by 6" containing 375 pages of text illustrated by five fold-out maps and charts of the Missouri River. A scarce and desirable collection of records highlighting the diverse complex activities of the British, Spanish and French in their efforts to control the fur trade on the Missouri watershed in the 15 years prior to the Louisianna Purchase.
    TB18416  $125.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expandNasatir (Editor), A. P.:  Before Lewis and Clark Documents Illustrating the History of the Missouri 1785-1804 Volume II.  St. Louis: St. Louis Historical Documents Foundation, 1952. First Edition, First printing. Very good in blue-green cloth covered boards with tarnished gold text on the spine. There is a snag to the cloth in the middle of spine causing a 1/2" long tear and there is a former owner's name written in tiny script at the top edge of the first free end paper. In a good dust jacket with a 4" by 3" dampness stain across the upper third of the front panel and with 1/4" chipping across the upper edge of the spine area and several small holes in the middle of the spine area. This area of dampness did not impact on the front board or anywhere within the book. An octavo measuring 9" by 6" containing pages 376 to 853 of text illustrated by maps and facsimiles of early documents. A scarce and desirable collection of records highlighting the diverse complex activities of the British, Spanish and French in their efforts to control the fur trade on the Missouri watershed in the 15 years prior to the Louisianna Purchase.
    TB18482  $125.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expandRich (Editor), E. E.:  London Correspondence Inward From Eden Colvile 1849-1852.  London: The Hudson's Bay Record Society, 1956. First Edition. Near fine in dark blue cloth covered boards with bold gilt text stamped on the spine with gilt decorations. A small quarto measuring 9 1/2" by 6 5/8" with the top edge of the text block gilt. There are several mild spots of fading on the front board. Without a dust jacket. One of a limited edition this copy is out of series. This title constitutes volume XIX of The Hudson's Bay Record Society. 300 pages followed by a list of members of the Society. Illustrated with a frontispiece. Many pages within the text block are un-opened.
    TB25947  $75.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expandRich (Editor), E. E.:  Hudson's Bay Copy Booke Of Letters Commissions Instructions Outward 1688-1696.  London: The Hudson's Bay Record Society, 1957. First Edition. Fine in dark blue cloth covered boards with bold gilt text stamped on the spine with gilt decorations. A small quarto measuring 9 1/2" by 6 5/8" with the top edge of the text block gilt. Without a dust jacket. One of a limited edition this copy is out of series. This title constitutes volume XX of The Hudson's Bay Record Society. 357 pages including an index, bibliography, appendices and text followed by a list of members of the Society. The majority of the pages within the text block are un-opened.
    TB25948  $75.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expandRich (Editor), E. E.:  Minutes Of The Hudson's Bay Company 1671-1674.  London: The Champlain Society for The Hudson's Bay Record Society, 1942. First Edition. Very near fine in dark blue cloth covered boards with bold gilt text stamped on the spine with gilt decorations. A small quarto measuring 9 1/2" by 6 5/8" with the top edge of the text block gilt. The cloth on the spine is faded and several small spots of foxing on the fore edge of the text block. Without a dust jacket. One of a limited edition this copy is out of series. This title constitutes volume V of The Hudson's Bay Record Society. 276 pages including an index, appendices and text followed by a list of members of the Society.
    TB25949  $75.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expandRich (Editor), E. E.:  Cumberland House Journals and Inland Journal 1775-82 First Series, 1775-79.  London: The Hudson's Bay Record Society, 1951. First Edition. Fine in dark blue cloth covered boards with bold gilt text stamped on the spine with gilt decorations. A small quarto measuring 9 1/2" by 6 5/8" with the top edge of the text block gilt. The cloth on the spine is slightly faded. Without a dust jacket. One of a limited edition this copy is out of series. This title constitutes volume XIV of The Hudson's Bay Record Society. 382 pages including an index, appendices and text followed by a list of members of the Society. Many of the pages of the text block are un-opened.
    TB25950  $75.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expandRich (Editor), E. E.:  Cumberland House Journals and Inland Journal 1775-82 Second Series, 1779-82.  London: The Hudson's Bay Record Society, 1952. First Edition. Fine in dark blue cloth covered boards with bold gilt text stamped on the spine with gilt decorations. A small quarto measuring 9 1/2" by 6 5/8" with the top edge of the text block gilt. The cloth on the spine is slightly faded. Without a dust jacket. One of a limited edition this copy is out of series. This title constitutes volume XV of The Hudson's Bay Record Society. 313 pages including an index, appendices and text followed by a list of members of the Society. Many of the pages of the text block are un-opened.
    TB25951  $75.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expandRoss, Alexander:  The Fur Hunters of the Far West.  Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1924. First Edition, First printing. Fine in dark green cloth covered boards with bright and clean gilt text on the spine and bright gilt decorations on the front board. The top edge of the text block is gilt. The 22nd volume in the Lakeside Classic series issued in 1924. Edited by Milo Milton Quaife. A continuation of the narratives started with the volume of 1923 which was titled: Adventures of the First Settlers on the Oregon or Columbia River. A very handsome, clean and tight copy with no prior ownership markings of any kind.
    TB28914  $200.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expandRoss, Alexander:  Adventures of the First Settlers on the Oregon or Columbia River.  Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1923. First thus. Fine in decorated dark green cloth covered boards with the top edge of the text block in gilt with the gilt text stamping on the spine and front board very clean and bright. There are no markings or inscriptions in this book. The only flaw, which is extremely minor, is the fold-out map which precedes the title page is somewhat creased at it fore edge (as is often the case with this title). A Lakeside Classic issued in 1923 edited with an historical introduction and notes by Milo Milton Quaife. The original publication of this book was printed in England in 1849. In the words of the editor, Ross' book provides "a clear and readable account of this interesting phase of the history of our Pacific Northwest...." 388 pages including an index, text and the fold-out map.
    TB27885  $175.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expandRoss, Alexander:  Alexander Ross The Fur Hunters Of The Far West.  Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, (1956). First Edition, First printing. Near fine in burnt orange cloth covered boards with a silver on black title block on the spine and silver colored design on the front board. An octavo measuring 9" by 6". In a very good, unclipped dust jacket with tape repairs to the verso side and several short closed tears to the top edges of the spine area and front panel. The jacket is also showing extensive faint signs of foxing. The 20th volume in The American Exploration and Travel Series. 304 pages including an index. Illustrated with a number of black and white reproductions of earlier works of art. Edited by Kenneth A. Spaulding. A narrative of the years 1813 to 1825 in Alexander Ross' life as a fur trader while in the employ of the North West Company and the Hudson's Bay Company.
    TB27749  $50.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expandRussell, Carl:  Firearms, Traps, & Tools of the Mountain Men.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1967. First Edition, First printing. Near fine in red and bright orange cloth covered boards with a gilt on green title block on the spine and a gilt stamped decoration on the front board. In a very good+ price clipped dust jacket with one inch closed tear to the upper edge of the rear panel. "A guide in picture and text to the equipment of the trappers and fur traders who opened the Old West from the 1820's to the 1840's." A small quarto measuring 9 1/4" by 6 1/4" containing 448 pages followed by an index. Illustrated throughout with more than 400 drawings and sketches of tools, weapons and implements used by the fur traders and mountain men of the era.
    TB27723  $75.00


  • PhotoPhotoRoll over Image to expandTrennert, Jr., Robert:  Indian Traders on the Middle Border The House of Ewing, 1827-54.  Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1981. First Edition, First printing. Fine in brown cloth covered boards with bold gilt text stamping on the spine. An octavo measuring 8 1/2" by 5 1/2". In a near fine unclipped dust jacket with the faint hint of a ghost of an old price sticker on the front panel. 271 pages including an index, bibliography, chapter notes, text and illustrated with maps The Ewing brothers of Fort Wayne, Indiana were important Indian Traders of the so-called "Middle Border" area during the Jacksonian period of westward expansion and Indian relocation.
    TB24140  $20.00




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