Old Greenwood: The Story of Caleb Greenwood: Trapper, Pathfinder and Early Pioneer of the West
Georgetown, CA: Talisman Press, 1965. Signed limited edition. 361pp. Octavo [23.5 cm] Green cloth with the title gilt stamped on the spine. Housed in a double slipcase covered in red and green cloth. Paper label on green slipcase. Book in fine condition with the slipcases showing minor rubbing at the corners. Item #7516
The printing of this book was limited to 100 copies, this is copy 4. Signed by both Kelly and Morgan on the limitation page. 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.
Kelly originally authored and privately published this book in 1936. In a letter several years later, now in the Charles Kelly Papers at the Utah Historical Society, Morgan wrote that he had a "whole raft corrections" for the book should Kelly ever decide to revise it. This edition, completely rewritten and including new information, was the fruit of that letter and their cooperation. Saunders 69.