ISBELL, F.A. 1852-1870. Mining and Hunting in the Far West.
[Middletown, CT: J. S. Stewart, Printer and Bookbinder, circa 1870]. First edition. Original gilt lettered boards, housed in a morocco backed clamshell case. 9 x 5 5/8 inches (23.5 x 14.5 cm); photographic frontispiece portrait, 41 pp. Gouges and small losses to spine, a small gouge to upper cover, a very minor chip to rear endpaper, a fine copy overall.
A scarce and entertaining narrative of hunting and mining in Idaho and California, printed in a very small limitation for Isbell's family. Isbell writes in the preface: "I do not boast of having killed or shot at an Indian, although I have been on several hunts for them, and no Indian ever shot at me; but only two of the sixteen with me escaped being shot at, and one was killed. In all the hairbreadth escapes during my eighteen years in the wilds of Idaho and California, I never, thanks to a kind of Providence, received scarcely a scratch." We trace just two copies at auction since the Streeter sale, one in 1982, and another copy sold in 2016 (listed with Isbell's name misspelled Isabell). Streeter 4118; Howes I87.
C Estate of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson
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