New York: Harper and Brothers, 1961. First Edition. 432pp. Octavo [25 cm] Light blue cloth with the title gilt stamped on the backstrip. Good/Very good. Price-clipped jackets shows general overall wear with chipped corners. Lacks maps. Item #3892
"For the period in which RMF grew to be 'the greatest name in the mountains' (1822-1834) spelled also the peak years of the American fur trade. These were the decisive years, before the eclipse of the beaver hats, when trappers and traders were reaching into the far corners of the country west of the Missouri, disputing territory with Indians and rival trappers from the Hudson's Bay Company; learning the lore of the land; perfecting their drinking, brawling, yarn spinning; and boasting at annual rendezvous; exploring and preparing the way for the great migrations of the mid-century. From these trader trappers came the tough breed of mountain men whose names and exploits were the stuff of future legends." - from the jacket.