Glendale, CA: Arthur H. Clark Company, 1956. First Edition. Two volume set. 353, 361pp. Octavo [24.5] Green cloth with the title and bands gilt stamped on the backstrip. Near fine. Fold-out map present at the end of the first volume. Item #4377
Introduction, biographical sketch and notes by LeRoy R. and Ann W. Hafen. The fourth and fifth volume in the well-received series 'Far West and the Rockies.' "In the present work we publish first, the Rufus B. Sage letters; then reprint his book with annotations; and finally in an Appendix, publish the more pertinent letters and papers related to Sage's life and writings." - p.27.
"An important western narrative in various fields. Sage set out from Westport in the summer of 1841 with a fur caravan, later visiting New Mexico and witnessing the disaster of the Snively expedition and the attempt by Texans to overthrow the Mexican government there. He later participated in the 1843 Fremont expedition. He thus took a personal part in, or traveled with, some of the most interesting figures in the West immediately before the Mexican American war." - p. 120, Reese: Best of the West.
"Intelligent narrative of extensive travels from the Platte to the Arkansas, including the best contemporary account of Snively's abortive land-pirate expedition." - Howes S16. Cowan197. Clark/Brunet 118.