STEWART, WILLIAM DRUMMOND (Sir) [WEBB, J. WATSON, ed.] Altowan: or Incidents of Life and Adventure in the Rocky Mountains by an amateur traveler.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1846. First edition. Publisher's blue cloth stamped in blind, with vignettes in gilt on the upper covers. 7 3/8 x 4 1/2 inches (18.5 x 11.5 cm); , xxix, , -255 pp.; 240 pp. Expertly recased retaining original spines, hinges and endpapers (restored losses to the head and foot of the spines), scattered foxing throughout.
Stewart was a Scottish sportsman, adventurer and British military officer who spent most of the five years between 1832-37 travelling west of the Mississippi, much of it among amongst the tribes of the region. While in New Orleans, where he salvaged his diminished finances by speculating in cotton, he met the artist Alfred Jacob Miller, who travelled with him on his next trip to the Rocky Mountains, and painted a remarkable series of portraits of mountain men and Native Americans. The editor, Webb, combined Stewart's journals and verbal narrations into the present work. Field 1632; Graff 3986; Howes S991 ("aa"); Sabin 91932; Wagner-Camp 125.
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