Wild Scenes in Kansas and Nebraska, the Rocky Mountains, Oregon, California, New Mexico, Texas, and the Grand Prairies; Or, Notes by the Way, During an Excursion of Three Years, with a Description of the Countries Passed Through. Rufus B. Sage.
Wild Scenes in Kansas and Nebraska, the Rocky Mountains, Oregon, California, New Mexico, Texas, and the Grand Prairies; Or, Notes by the Way, During an Excursion of Three Years, with a Description of the Countries Passed Through...
Wild Scenes in Kansas and Nebraska, the Rocky Mountains, Oregon, California, New Mexico, Texas, and the Grand Prairies; Or, Notes by the Way, During an Excursion of Three Years, with a Description of the Countries Passed Through...

Wild Scenes in Kansas and Nebraska, the Rocky Mountains, Oregon, California, New Mexico, Texas, and the Grand Prairies; Or, Notes by the Way, During an Excursion of Three Years, with a Description of the Countries Passed Through.

Philadelphia: 1855.

Third edition. [4], 303 pp. plus plates. 1 vols. 8vo. Original green publisher's cloth, stamped in blind and gilt on spine. Extremities worn; boards lightly rubbed. Bookplate on front pastedown. Minor scattered foxing and soiling. About very good. Signed F.R. Curtis on front free endpaper. In a blue half morocco and cloth slipcase, spine gilt Wagner-Camp 123:4; Howes S16; Sabin 74894. Item #248102

One of the most important overland narratives, originally issued under the title SCENES IN THE ROCKY MOUNTIANS (1846).  Sage set out from Westport in the summer of 1841 with a fur caravan, later visiting New Mexico, witnessing the disaster of the Snively expedition and joining the end of the 1843 Fremont expedition. He returned to Ohio in time to take a vigorous if futile role in the election of 1844, supporting Henry Clay, and wrote this book in 1845. Sage was certainly one of the most literate and acute observers of the West in the period immediately before the events of 1846.

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