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Lot 3002: Francis Parkman THE CALIFORNIA AND OREGON TRAIL 1849 First Edition Influential Frontier Narrative Journey To The Narratives Tinted LithographsPlatinum House
January 6, 2013
Ithaca, NY, USALive Auction
Title: The California and Oregon Trail: Being Sketches of Prairie and Rocky Mountain Life
Author: Francis Parkman - Francis Parkman was an American historian, best known as author of "The Oregon Trail: Sketches of Prairie and Rocky-Mountain Life" and his monumental seven-volume "France and England in North America." These works are still valued as history and especially as literature, although the biases of his work have met with criticism. He was also a leading horticulturist, briefly a Professor of Horticulture at Harvard University and the first leader of the Arnold Arboretum, and author of several books on the topic.
Publisher: George P. Putnam
City: New York
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 448 pages plus 7 pages of publisher's catalogue
Width: 5.5" Height: 7.75"
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce first edition, second issue, of the author's first book, with the imprint of Leavitt, Trow & Co. on copyright page, and the seven-page catalogue at rear.
Antique volume is bound in blind-stamped blue cloth, with stamped gilt lettering to spine. Book shows external wear, with loss of material at foot of spine, fraying at its head and rubbing to covers. Minor loss of material is also visible at outside corners. Binding is firm. Paper slip has been pasted over antique bookplate on front pastedown. Previous owner's signature can be seen on front flyleaf. Pages display scattered light foxing. Illustrated with well-preserved tinted lithograph frontispiece and half title page.
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