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Altowan by Wm Stewart 1846  

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Altowan; Or, Incidents of Life and Adventure in the Rocky Mountains by an Amateur Traveler

[Stewart, William Drummond]

New York

Harper & Brothers



2 volumes. [2], xxix, [1], (25)-255; 240 pp. Edited by J. Watson Webb. 19x11.5 cm (7½x4½"), original blindstamped brown cloth with gilt vignette of a buffalo hunt at center of front covers, spines lettered in gilt. First Edition.

The work is based on Stewart's sporting trips of 1832, 1838 and 1842, though it is widely believed that Webb himself wrote it. On half pay from the British army, Stewart came to America in 1832 and traveled west to the Rockies where he remained for several years. He is perhaps most notable in history for the acquaintance he struck up with the young artist Alfred Jacob Miller while in New Orleans during the winter of 1836-37. He took Miller with him on his return to the mountains, and as Wagner-Camp notes, "This fortunate journey produced one of the great sets of portrayals of the Rocky Mountains West, for Miller's sketches, water colors and oils rank with the works of Karl Bodmer and George Catlin." Signature of Talbot Richardson on front endpapers, dated 1901, and on page 65 of volume one.

Provenance: Ross Valley Book Company, 12/91

References: Graff 3986; Howes S991; Sabin 91932; Wagner-Camp 125.

Lot Amendments

Slight rubbing and wear to spine ends and corners, small dark spot to front cover of Vol. I; very good or better, nice, tight copies, much nicer than usually seen.

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