Life Amongst the Modocs: Unwritten History
London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1873. First U.K. Edition. 400pp. Octavo [21.5 cm] 3/4 red sheep over marbled boards with the title and bands gilt stamped on the backstrip. Extremities rubbed with some splitting to the hinges. Endsheets foxed. Item #8040
This U.K. printing preceded the American first by a year. This work is based on Miller’s years among the mining towns and Indian camps of northernmost California during the tumultuous 1850s. Miller attempted to form an Indian republic among the Pit River Indians, the Klamaths, Shastas, and Modocs. As a nature writer, he was among the first to capture the fierce power and sublime beauty of California’s wild landscape. Howes M608. Cowan p.154. Zamorano 80: 55.