BURTON, Richard F., editor; Randolph B. Marcy.

The prairie traveller, a handbook for overland expeditions.


The prairie traveller, a handbook for overland expeditions.
With illustrations, and itineraries of the principal routes between the Mississippi and the Pacific, and a map.
Trubner, London 1863.

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“After half a lifetime spent on the western plains and in the Rocky mountains, Captain Marcy was well qualified to advise the prospective emigrant, and he ably summarized his experiences in this book. By 1859, the routes of overland travel had been well established, and Marcy set out twenty eight of them, including one to the Pike’s Ridge gold region which had recently been discovered. The book was then brought up to date in 1863 with a new edition … edited by Richard Burton, who had just returned from a visit to Salt Lake.” (Wagner-Camp).


First Burton edition, second issue. 8vo., xvi, 251pp., 24 pages of ads at end dated 1882, wood-engraved frontispiece, folding map, 12 illustrations in text, later tan calf gilt by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, spine gillt in compartments, morocco lettering pieces, raised bands, original wrappers bound-in, all edges gilt, upper joint neatly repaired, a fine copy.


Casada 90; Penzer p70; Wagner-Camp 335:4.


Stock ID: 83638