Salt Lake City: Western Printing Company, 1936. First Edition. 128pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] Green grained cloth with a blind stamped pioneer motif and the title in a gilt panel on the front board. Near fine. Item #7427
The printing of this book was limited to 350 numbered copies, this is copy 221. Inscribed by the author on the front free endsheet: 'To Dwight From Charley.'
Caleb Greenwood was a giant figure in the early West. From his early days along the Missouri River as a trapper until years later as an octogenarian he piloted the Ide Party over the Sierra Nevada in 1845, Greenwood was involved with many of the great happenings that shaped the Western history. This book deals with his early life in the fur trade, his important role in the overland emigration to California in 1844-1845, his subsequent contribution as one of the more important trailblazers and guides, his part in the relief of the Donner Party, and his activities along the American River after the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill in 1848. Howes K57. Streeter 3098.