THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF KIT CARSON, THE NESTOR OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS, FROM FACTS NARRATED BY HIMSELF. By De Witt C. Peters, M. D., Late Assistant Surgeon, U. S. A. With original illustrations, drawn by Lumley, engraved by N. Orr & Co. Christopher Houston "Kit" Carson, De Witt C. Peters.

THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF KIT CARSON, THE NESTOR OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS, FROM FACTS NARRATED BY HIMSELF. By De Witt C. Peters, M. D., Late Assistant Surgeon, U. S. A. With original illustrations, drawn by Lumley, engraved by N. Orr & Co. New York: W. R. C. Clark & Co., 348 Broadway, M DCCC LVIII [1858]. 22.5x14.3 cm, pp. [1-4] [i-ii] iii-xii 13-534 [1] 2-5: ads [6: blank], 10 inserted plates, original three-quarter leather and marbled boards, leather title label, all edges marbled, marbled endpapers. First edition, the deluxe issue. The first publication of Kit Carson's autobiography with considerable embellishment by his editor. "Peters had spent some time at Fort Massachusetts, in the San Luis Valley, where he became acquainted with Kit Carson, and when he wrote this book, he had at hand a manuscript, now in the Ayer Collection, Newberry Library, of a memoir dictated by Carson" (Wagner, Camp, Becker, The Plains & the Rockies [1982] 306:1). Christopher Carson (1809-1868), trapper, guide, soldier, Indian agent, commonly known as Kit Carson, "served as guide to Frémont's first expedition (June 10-October 10, 1842), and on the publication of the pathfinder's report was brought into immediate and countrywide fame ... On Frémont's second expedition (1843-1844) he shared the honors as guide with Thomas Fitzpatrick, while on the third, which left Brent's Fort, 26 August 1845, his function at the start seems to have been undesignated ... Presumably [it was during] the winter of 1857-1858, that he dictated to the army surgeon, Lieut.-Col. De Witt C. Peters, and his wife a brief autobiography. The surgeon's expansion of this material, dressed in a somewhat grandiloquent style, into a book, could hardly have been satisfactory to the modest hero, who remarked, on hearing some of the pages read to him, that 'Peters laid it on a leetle too thick'" (DAB). Graff 3260. Howes P-256. Sabin 61190. Early ownership signatures in pencil on the title page. Expertly rebacked with most of the original spine preserved, a very good copy. Provenance: handwritten publisher's compliments slip addressed to "Dr. Thorne" laid in. A lovely copy of this historic work. (166336).

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