BECKWOURTH, James Pierson (1798-1866)
The Life and Adventures of James P. Beckwourth
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1856, First Edition, 12 engraved plates including frontispiece, 537 pages, 2 advertisements. A Very Good copy in the original brown blind stamped cloth. With a signed letter from the publisher, dated Jan. 1878, laid in.
BECKWOURTH, James Pierson (1798-1866) and T.D. Bonner
The Life and Adventures of James P. Beckwourth, Mountaineer, Scout and Pioneer, and Chief of the Crow Nation of Indians. With Illustrations. Written from His Own Dictation by T.D. Bonner
“Mulatto of Va., who Became a Famous Hunter Guide, Indian Fighter, Chief of the Crows and Horse thief” Bancroft
“Beckwourth was one of the more colorful of the mountain men, and one of the few whose account has been labeled “generally authentic.” He began his mountain life in 1822 with General William Ashley’s company and moved to New Mexico where he began trading on his own account. Beckwourth claimed to have visited Los Angeles in January of 1844. In his later years he lived in California near Becwourth Pass” Howell
“After many years in the Rockies as a mountain man, Beckwourth journeyed west from New Mexico to California, arriving in 1844. Two years later, he came back to New Mexico with a drove of stolen horses. He returned to California, discovered the pass through the Sierra Nevada that still bears his name, and operated a hotel and trading post in Beckwourth valley. Sometime after 1858 he returned to his old life in the Rockies. He testified in the Sand Creek investigation and died in the following year. Recent scholars have taken a more charitable view of Beckwourth’s veracity. The Reader’s Encyclopedia of the West finds the basic narrative to be true and the story told in the spirit of the raconteur, with a permissible tale spinner’s license.”
New York: Harper &Brothers, 1856, First Edition, Twelvemo, 12 engraved plates including frontispiece, 537 pages, 2 advertisements. A Very Good copy in the original brown blind stamped cloth. With a signed letter from the publisher, dated Jan. 1878, laid in.
Howell 290, Streeter 2101, Wagner-Camp 272:1, Howes B601
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