Ashland, OR: The Oregon Book Society, 1972. Two Volume Set. 87; 105-165pp. Quartos [27.5 cm] Both volumes bound in red cloth with the titles gilt stamped on the backstrip. Both volumes better than very good. Complete with all fold-outs and the large map laid in at the rear of volume II. Item #2769
Illustrated throughout. This edition was limited to 600 numbered copies, this is copy 49.
"While in England after his 1825-27 experiences in the Oregon country, Douglas reworked his field notes into a 'journal' intended for publication. He did not like literary labors. The writing progressed slowly and sometimes awkwardly. After the description of each trip, he abruptly added, without transitions, long, scientific reports of the plants the journey had yielded. The present edition omits Douglas's lengthy plant-listings and botanical terms, along with some of his repetitive accounts of slaying birds and animals for their skins as specimens. Today's readers, it is felt, will be more interested in an uninterrupted perusal of the amazing adventures of a most unusual man, played out against a historical background of more than passing significance." - p..