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Ruxton, Life in the Far West, 1849  

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Life in The Far West

Ruxton, George F.

Edinburgh and London

William Blackwood and Sons



xvi, 312 pp. (8vo) 18.5x11.5 cm (7½x4½"), original blindstamped red cloth lettered in gilt on spine. First Book Edition. 

Originally published in Blackwood's Magazine June-November, 1848. "After his years in the Rocky Mountain West, Ruxton returned to England, where he published his Adventures in Mexico and the Rocky Mountains. Of particular interest in Life in the Far West is an account of the Walker expedition of trappers to California, which Ruxton may have heard from Mark Head, probably one of the independent trappers accompanying Zenas Leonard. Camp considers the story `somewhat fanciful'" - W-C. Wagner-Camp lists the Harper & Bros. as the first edition, although Howes gives that distinction to the Edinburgh edition of the same year. Cowan p.546; Howes R554; Wagner-Camp 173:1.

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Minuscule chips and rubbing at ends of slightly darkening spine, front joint starting, mild soil; hinges cracked, light wear within; about very good.

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