ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN BONNEVILLE, OR SCENES BEYOND THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS OF THE FAR WEST. BY WASHINGTON IRVING. AUTHOR OF "THE SKETCH-BOOK," "THE ALHAMBRA," "ASTORIA," &. IN THREE VOLUMES. VOL. I [VOL. II] and [VOL. III]. London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, 1837. 18.8x11.5 cm (octavo), three volumes: pp. [1-2]  2-4  6-303 [304: blank]; [1-2]  2-4  6-292; [1-2]  2-4  6-302, half title leaves not present, nineteenth-century three-quarter polished calf and marbled boards, spine panels richly tooled in gold, green and brown leather author and title pieces, all edges stained brown, marbled endpapers. First edition. The British edition, published in May 1837, preceded the American edition published in Philadelphia by Carey, Lea & Blanchard in July 1837. The English edition contains one of two trifling variations in text. "Based on the journals of Benjamin Louis Eulalie de Bonneville (1796-1878). Bonneville's 'manuscript has formed the staple of the following work. I have occasionally interwoven facts and details gathered from various sources, especially from the conversations and journals of some of the captain's contemporaries who were actors in the scenes he describes. I have also given it a tone and coloring drawn from my own observation ... However, the work is substantially the narrative of the worthy captain ..." (p. 8). Bonneville "came to America as a child from France, where he was born in 1796. Graduating from West Point in 1815, he spent most of his life on the frontier. In 1832 he obtained leave from the army and, with a group of over one hundred men, engaged in the Rocky Mountain fur trade. In 1835 he returned to military life, serving with distinction in the war with Mexico ... Irving's narrative contains a long account of the expedition led by Joseph Walker, whom Bonneville sent west to to California in search of new fur sources. Irving undoubtedly based his description on Bonneville's account, but because the latter did not lead the expedition himself, his story is less reliable than those of eye witnesses such as Zenas Leonard" (Wagner, Camp and Becker). Howes I85. Sabin 35125. Smith 4978. Wagner, Camp and Becker, The Plains & the Rockies (1982) 67:1. BAL 10150. Langfeld and Blackburn, p. 37. Some rubbing to calf along outer joints, volume one spine ends lightly discolored, a very good copy. Provenance: "Whittinghame Library" stamped in gold along the spine edge of the front panel of each volume. (#166991).
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