James Clyman: American Frontiersman, 1792-1881. The Adventures of a Trapper and Covered Wagon Emigrant as Told in His Own Reminiscences and Diaries
San Francisco: California Historical Society, 1928. First Edition. 247pp. Quarto [26 cm] Blue cloth with the title gilt stamped on the front board and backstrip. Near fine. Item #8047
James Clyman (1792-1881) was a legendary mountain man and trailblazer. This work is one of the finest early narratives of the far west and includes Clyman's descriptions of the discovery of South Pass, crossing the Salt Flats and circumnavigating the Great Salt Lake in a canoe in the 1820s, meeting the Donner Party and his warning to them. Clyman was seemingly everywhere and met everyone (Jedediah Smith, William Ashley, Parley Pratt, William Clayton, Caleb Greenwood, Lilburn Boggs, James Reed, Lansford Hastings, etc.). This is the only Oregon overland trail journal for 1844. Complete with tipped in frontis portrait and the three maps (one is a fold-out) Howes C81. Mattes 169. Cowan p.132. Rader 849. Graff 769. Zamorano 80: 19.