Published by New York, 1923
89pp. Illus. Printed wrappers. Fine. Printed from the original manuscript by The New York Public Library. The diary "reflects the incidents of travel, especially on the rivers, the political sentiments of the day, the great emigration to the new territory, life in Nebraska, and.the financial panic of 1857." GRAFF 211.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM2601
Published by Brownville Historical Society, [Brownville, Ne., 1959
56pp. including numerous illustrations. Original printed wrappers. Fine. A local publication, offering various historical vignettes of this Missouri river town. Scarce. OCLC locates only fifteen copies. OCLC 5214056.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM31462
Published by Salem, 1884
pp. Quarto. Folded, slight chipping at edge, a few spots, else very good. Contains a letter describing a railroad trip from Omaha to Kansas City and on to St. Louis, with observations along the way. Apparently part of a series by the same author describing an extensive western trip, signed "Peabody.".
Seller Inventory # WRCAM5413
Published by Boyd Perkin, Maywood, Ne., 1930
Original printed pictorial wrappers. Fine. Reprinted largely after the 1894 and 1911 editions, though here Perkin has taken the liberty to insert numerous poems of his own composition throughout the EARLY HISTORY. Still, an interesting history of the early Nebraskan frontier.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM28070
Published by New York, 1914
32pp. Narrow quarto. Stiff plain wrappers. Light offsetting to p., closed tear (repaired) in last leaf, else near fine. Reprinted from the Moravian Church Miscellaney of 1851-52. Detailed journalistic account of the trip to and visit with the Pawnees by these two missionaries, with descriptions of the Indians' life and labor.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM2287
Published by Omaha, 1893
24pp. Original printed wrappers. Very good. Promotional pamphlet on Nebraska issued for the Nebraska Columbian Exhibit. The state that forced "the Great American Desert [to] become only a name and a tradition." Focuses on agricultural riches and industrial potential of Nebraska.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM20181
Published by Omaha, 1865
258pp. Dbd. Soiled and dampstained. Good. The penultimate meeting of the territorial assembly before Nebraska gained statehood in 1867. Records much important government bills and debates, with charts on state expenses and resources, and a county-by- county analysis of taxes. Indexed.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM2335
Published by New York, 1844
207pp. Original printed wrappers. Moderate chipping at edges, trace of foxing, else very good. First American edition. Although a fictionalized romance, the scenes and episodes of this novel are based on the author's experiences in the West in 1835, a trip which resulted in his TRAVELS IN NORTH AMERICA. A quintessential British romantic view of the West. WAGNER-CAMP 112:1. GRAFF 2939. SABIN 51489.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM18690
Published by Baltimore, 1914
152,pp. Portrait. Illus. Folio. Gilt cloth. Cloth spotted, some edge wear. Very good. Includes an account of Emilie Painter Jackson's three-year sojourn among the Omaha Indians and a chapter on Orrin Painter's visit to the Omaha Indian Agency in Nebraska. Emilie was the wife of artist and photographer William H. Jackson. HOWES P36.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM10483
Published by Cincinnati, 1902
313pp. Gilt cloth. Some edge wear, spine sunned, couple of minor marginal stains, else very good. A vivid description of life in Kansas, the Black Hills and Nebraska in the 1860s, including details of Indian depredations. HOWES W244. GRAFF 4580.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM13557
Published by Beadle and Company, London, 1865
3-128pp. 12mo. Dbd. Internally clean. Very good. Later London edition, after the first of New York. Graff does not cite a year of publication for the New York or present editions, however it is noted that the original publisher, Sinclair Tousey, founded his firm in 1864. "ON THE PLAINS was originally two stories published under the pseudonym Latham C. Carleton, 'The Hunters' and 'The Trappers' Retreat'" - Graff. GRAFF 1237 (another ed).
Seller Inventory # WRCAM28199
Published by St. Paul, Ne, 1902
160pp. Original red cloth. Spine slightly darkend, worn at fore-edge and toe of spine, hinges cracked. Good. An extremely prejudiced anti-Mormon item. Published in association with PRESENT TRUTH, a conservative Christian magazine, Crowe's diatribe against Mormonism begins with an attack on Joseph Smith's parents (indolent, illiterate, superstitious, unreliable, whisky drinkers, shiftless, and irreligious) and gets worse from there. "Elder Crowe says that he has 'studied Mormon literature considerable.' His book sure do prove it. In the good old days when money was everything and yet meant nothing, this weird masterpiece fetched some forty dollars at auction" - Eberstadt. A strong example of the prejudice Mormons faced into the 20th century. Scarce. OCLC 2452829. FLAKE 2600. EBERSTADT 115:744.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM29578
Published by McCalla & Stavely, Philadelphia, 1869
xviii,87pp. Original pictorial wrappers, rebacked. Front wrapper and first four signatures detached. Moderate chipping along edges, spine a bit worn, tape repair on left edge of front wrapper, minor browning at edges. Overall good. "The day-by-day journal of one of the more noted of the missionaries among the Santee- Sioux, detailing his life, experiences, and adventures with the tribe, the Sioux outbreak and massacre of 1862, the butchering of a thousand whites, etc." - Heaston. Bishop Henry Whipple's eulogy on the Christian chief, Taopi, is largely concerned with the notion that peace on the frontier is dependent on the Indians' conversion. HEASTON 15:362. FIELD 702. HOWES H510. SABIN 31964. OCLC 4873070.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM30171
Published by Lincoln, 1921
302pp. Frontis. Original gilt pictorial cloth, gilt- stamped spine, t.e.g. Bookplate on front pastedown. Small closed tear in upper margin of one plate, far from the image. Fine, with especially bright gilt pictorial binding. John Bratt was one of the first ranchers in Nebraska. An Englishman, Bratt came to America in 1864 at the age of seventeen and worked as a bullwhacker, supplying Fort Kearny and other army posts. He started his cattle business in 1870. Most of his narrative is devoted to the development of the ranching industry on the central plains. ADAMS HERD 310. REESE, SIX SCORE 13. MERRILL ARISTOCRAT. HOWES B725. DOBIE, p.97.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM23487
Published by Richard Bentley, London, 1844
Three volumes. Later three-quarter calf and marbled boards. Some edge wear. Internally fine. Although a fictionalized romance, the scenes and episodes of this novel are based on the author's experiences in the West in 1835, a trip which resulted in his TRAVELS IN NORTH AMERICA. A quintessential English romantic view of the West. WAGNER-CAMP 112:1. GRAFF 2939. SABIN 51489.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM6370
Published by B. Herder, St. Louis, 1884
103pp. Frontis. 16mo. Contemporary half morocco and marbled boards. Boards worn around edges. Internally quite clean. Very good. A catechism entirely in the Chippewa dialect of the Algonquin language. The format is in a question-and-answer style. "Father Gafron writes me that he was prevented by circumstances from reading the proof of this work, and that it contains many typographic errors" - Pilling. An errata list would be published in 1884. Father John Gafron was a Prussian-born missionary who worked with the Chippewa in Nebraska before moving to Wisconsin. AYER INDIAN LINGUISTICS (CHIPPEWA) 55. PILLING ALGONQUIAN, p.198.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM28935
Published by Chas. A. Rogers, Louisville, Ky., 1884
218,pp. 12mo. Publisher's brown cloth, stamped in blind and gilt, spine gilt. Cloth lightly rubbed and edgeworn. Very clean internally. Very good. A lively journal of an extended stay in the upper Plains and Rocky Mountain region. In journal fashion Jenkins relates his experiences in Minnesota in the first half of the text, while the rest describes the Dakotas, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Colorado. A devout Catholic, Jenkins also includes much information on the Catholic missions and churches of the region, as well as his prescriptions for spreading the faith westward. The Eberstadts note a work with nearly the same title and similarly paginated, also published in 1884, but "privately printed." Not in Wynar. Scarce. HOWES J95, "aa." EBERSTADT 106:170 (ref).
Seller Inventory # WRCAM33582B
Published by Printed for the Publisher by H. Chubb & Co. 65 Prince William Street, St. John, New Brunswick, 1870
[ii],138,[vi, ads and indexes] pp. plus folding map. First twenty-six pages of text and ads printed on multi-colored stock. 12mo. Original printed salmon wrappers. Wrappers lightly soiled and edgeworn, a few small chips. Overall in near fine condition. A very early guidebook to the salmon and trout fishing grounds of New Brunswick, not located in any of the standard fishing bibliographies. Produced just as sport fishing was becoming popular in the region, this guide provides some of the earliest information for anglers visiting the area. A dozen pages are devoted to the fishing grounds, describing the salmon and trout to be found there, the rivers and lakes that would yield the best catches (the longest entry is devoted to the fertile Miramichi River, and there is also a paragraph on the Restigouche), and the gear that should be carried. The rest of the text is taken up by a historical description and guide to St. John and other cities in New Brunswick, along with information on local sights and services, banks, churches, hospitals, transportation, and Masonic and temperance organizations. The first twenty-six pages consist of advertisements for businesses in New Brunswick, and other ads are found later in the text. The map is a plan of the city of St. John, with a key showing the locations of important buildings. Livingston produced a similar guidebook to the region in 1869, but the present edition was the first to include fishing information. The NUC locates only three copies, at the Library of Congress, American Antiquarian Society, and Acadia University in Nova Scotia. OCLC adds only a single copy, at the Library and Archives of Canada. Not in Lande. A remarkable survival from the period before the establishment of the fishing camps along the Restigouche. OCLC 1007619745.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM54765
Published by John B. Semans, Printer, Lafayette, In., 1846
152pp. Original green drab boards, cloth spine. Cloth worn, hinges cracked but solid. Corners worn. Bookplate on front pastedown, contemporary ink inscription on front fly leaf. Some light foxing. Very good. In a red half morocco and cloth slipcase and chemise, spine gilt. One of the earliest and rarest overland guide books to the Oregon Trail, chronologically the second such guide, preceded only by the Hastings guide of 1845. The authors went overland to Oregon in 1843. Winter went to California the following year, then returned to Indiana, where he arranged to publish this guide book in time for the 1846 emigrant season. The book provides a detailed account of the 1843 trip, a long description of Oregon, Winter's route to California, the Bear Flag movement, gold at Santa Barbara, and northern California. The return route from California is also described, and there is a table of distances in the rear. Winter eventually settled in the Napa-Sonoma area. This is the issue has corrected text on pages 26 and 36. A rarity, afforded a "d" by Howes, who calls it "one of the greatest of early overland narratives." This copy bears an ownership inscription which reads: "Jno. M.Gowan / Johnson classmate in / college for 3 years." A later hand has indicated that this was Wabash College, in Crawfordsville. A key guide and important work of Western Americana, with an interesting association. GRAFF 2221. HOWES J142, "d." SABIN 36260. STREETER SALE 3145. WAGNER-CAMP 122. COWAN, p.315. REESE, BEST OF THE WEST 90.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM43414C
Published by Fort Randall, Nebraska Territory, 1859
Watercolor, pen, and ink on a sheet of very lightly-ruled paper, 12 1/4 x 14 1/4 inches. Captioned in ink in upper margin, dated in lower margin. Several small chips in the outer margin, not affecting the image. Central vertical fold. Several closed tears, expertly mended on verso. The colors are bright and vibrant. In very good condition overall. Matted. An outstanding depiction of Fort Randall in Nebraska Territory in 1859, painted by the talented German-American artist, Anton Schonborn (d. 1871), while he was touring the area as part of the Yellowstone Expedition of 1859, commanded by Captain William F. Raynolds. The fort was located on the Missouri River, in an area of Nebraska Territory that is just north of the boundary into present-day South Dakota. Schonborn's watercolor is a rare, attractive, and important view of this significant western outpost. The Raynolds Expedition was authorized in April, 1859, and its mission was to explore the area along the Yellowstone River and its tributaries. The party was to ascertain information regarding the Indians dwelling in the region, gauge the agricultural and mineral resources of the area, study its topographical features, and report on its suitability for possible railroad routes and military outposts, and as a route for emigrants. Anton Schonborn was the artist and meteorologist on the expedition. The Raynolds Expedition departed St. Louis in late May, 1859 (which likely explains the inked date at the bottom of this scene), and arrived at Fort Randall on the Missouri River on June 13th. Schonborn may well have preceded the main party, and so spent time waiting at the fort, allowing him to create this fine watercolor. The fort, under the command of Captain C.S. Lovell, was garrisoned by four companies of the 2d Infantry. The Raynolds party, when it arrived, spent a day at Fort Randall before proceeding further up the river. Fort Randall was established on June 26, 1856 to provide protection to settlers and explorers along the Missouri River, in Nebraska Territory. The post also deterred white explorers from trespassing on Indian reservations, and was an Army supply depot for the upper Missouri River. The site for Fort Randall was selected by Gen. William S. Harney, and was named for Col. Daniel Randall, Deputy Paymaster General of the Army. Construction of the fort began in August 1856 and consisted of twenty-four buildings, housing 500 soldiers. The fort protected lands between the Platte River in central Nebraska and Missouri River to the north - and the area's fur traders - as well as escorting wagon trains of settlers and explorers across the plains. At the time the Raynolds expedition visited Fort Randall, it was the northernmost United States fort on the Missouri River. Schonborn's watercolor is unsigned, though clearly his work, given the style of the image, the German script of the captions, and the time and place at which it was executed. The bird's-eye view from the other side of the Missouri River shows that the fort had grown substantially in the three years since its construction. More than three dozen buildings are shown, as well as several other smaller structures. Several of the buildings are identified in manuscript, including the hospital, guard house, quartermaster's stores, and the house of the fort's trader, or sutler. All of these buildings are shown on the periphery of the camp, the main part of which is made up of a series of large buildings (with smaller buildings just outside) forming a long rectangular shape surrounding a flagpole with a fully-colored American flag at full staff. Several of these dwellings are identified with the names of soldiers (almost certainly officers), including Lee, Hendershott, Lord, Lyon, Drake, Davidson, Crawford, Wessells, Long, and Gardner. A row of trees along the Missouri obscures several smaller buildings, and a steamboat is shown on the river. The name of the boat appears to be "Mink," and a steamboat by that name is known to have plied the waters of the Missouri at that time. Possibly it was the boat that brought Schonborn upriver. Anton Schonborn was one of the most impressive topographic artists to work the American western frontier. His first known work was with the Raynolds Yellowstone expedition in 1859, and his last in 1870. He committed suicide in Omaha in 1871. Of his relatively few known works, most are western military posts, made while on inspection tours with top military commanders such as Raynolds (a general after the Civil War), and William Tecumseh Sherman. "Schonborn left invaluable pictorial and social-historic documents of military posts" - Trenton and Hassrick. His pictures involve "no rearrangement of elements.They reflect concern for detail and precision.The use of watercolor wash is subdued and is applied with a skillful tonality.Their charm lies in their directness and immediacy" - Stenzel. Finally, in the official report of the Raynolds Expedition, published in 1868, there is a brief report by First Lieutenant John Mullins, who was a member of the Raynolds party. Mullins praised Schonborn for his efforts in gathering meteorological data and, with regard to Schonborn's art, wrote that "his life-like views of the country speak for themselves." The Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, locates a total of fourteen works of art by Schonborn. Our more recent census finds twenty-seven pieces. Fifteen of those works are in the permanent collections of three institutions: Amon Carter Museum (Fort Worth, Texas), Buffalo Bill Historical Center (Cody, Wyoming), and Beinecke Library at Yale University. Within those collections are eleven scenes in the Wyoming Territory, including views of Fort Laramie. The great collector of Western Americana, William Robertson Coe, donated his Schonborn pictures to Yale more than fifty years ago, while the Schonborn watercolors at the Amon Carter Museum were purchased in a single portfolio in the 1960s. The Schonborns.
Seller Inventory # WRCAM45480