Lot 334 of 455:
Reid's classic Southwest rarity  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$13,200
$15,000 - $25,000

Reid's Tramp; Or, a Journal of the Incidents of Ten Months Travel Through Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Sonora, and California. Including Topography, Climate, Soil, Minerals, Metals, and Inhabitants; With a Notice of the Great Inter-Oceanic Rail Road

Reid, John C.

Selma, Alabama

John Hardy & Co.



237 pp. (8vo) 20.7x12.7 (8¼x5"),original blindstamped brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt; housed in maroon morocco and cloth clamshell box with gilt-lettered spine. First Edition.

An excellent copy of the first edition of one of the genuine classics relating to the Southwest, of great rarity.  Reid's overland journey began in Marion, Alabama in September of 1856 in a party known as the Mesilla Valley Company, whose purpose was to explore the new Gadsden Purchase. Reid joined the ill-fated filibustering expedition of Henry Crabb in early 1857, but left for California in April. After a brief visit to San Francisco, passing through San Diego, San Pedro, Santa Barbara, and Monterey along the way, Reid returned to the states via Panama. According to Eberstadt, only a few copies were saved from destruction during the holocaust in and about Selma during the Civil War. With the bookplate of Dorothy and Clinton Josey. Clark Old South III:490; Cowan p. 528; Eberstadt, Texas 162:677; Howes R172; Graff 3450; Wagner-Camp 307; Streeter Sale 176.

Lot Amendments

Cloth with sunning to spine and edges, a few areas of staining at top of front board, some rubbing to extremities; early ownership inscriptions on front blank and copyright pages, mild toning to textblock, occasional marginal staining; very good.

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