Stevenson, Conn: [J.S. Stewart, Printer and Bookbinder, Middletown, Conn, n.d., 1899].
First edition. Frontispiece portrait. 41 pp. 1 vols. Large 8vo. A Western Hunting Rarity. Brown boards gilt. Corner and edge wear, spine chipped, front board discolored at upper left. Ownership stamp on front fly leaf verso. Somewhat tanned, otherwise internally clean. Good plus. Laid into a quarter red morocco and cloth drop box. Howes I 87 "b" (G NYP Y); Eberstadt 132:361; Graff 2162; Streeter 4118; Kurutz 355a. Not in Heller or Phillips or Cowan. Item #303436
A rare work, privately printed, listed by Eberstadt in 1953 at $300. "Isbell went to California as a young man by way of Cape Horn in 1852 and from that time until 1870, except for two trips back to his home in Connecticut, he hunted or worked in the mines of California and Idaho. He learned fairly soon that hunting could often be more profitable than working as a miner, though in the end he seems to have accumulated quite a stake from mining. He tells some great hunting stories and his account of life in Idaho, where he went after hearing about the gold discoveries there in 1862 is most interesting" - Streeter. "One of the more sought of western narratives" - Eberstadt.
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