Lot 42 of 305:
De Smet's Missionary Classic in Four Volumes  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$480
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$700 - $1,000

Title:
Life, Letters and Travels of Father Pierre-Jean De Smet, S.J. 1801-1873...

Author:
De Smet, Father Pierre-Jean

Place:
New York

Publisher:
Francis P. Harper

Date:
1905

Description:
4 volumes. Edited by Hiram Martin Chittenden and Alfred Talbot Richardson. Illustrated with plates from early engravings, prints and photographs; folding map loose in rear endpaper pocket of Vol. IV. 23.8x15 cm. (9¼x6"), original green cloth, spines lettered in gilt. First Edition. Important history of this Jesuit priest who had such a profound influence during the early days of the opening of the West. Tweney calls the work "both authoritative and indispensable" and relates that De Smet "travelled assiduously, wrote voluminously, and treated the Indians with sympathy and understanding... On numerous occasions he acted as chief negotiator between the Indians and the government, and he was influential in the formation of what eventually became the national Indian policy." Tweney 8. Formerly in the Long Island Historical Society library, with bookplates, blindstamps to title-pages, withdrawn rubberstamps.

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Condition:
Spine ends chipped and frayed, corners worn, Vol. I with rubbed steak to spine; very good, bright copies.


 
Item number:
213583
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