[ROCKIES/CALIFORNIA] COYNER, DAVID H. The Lost Trappers; A Collection of Interesting Scenes and Events in the Rocky Mountains; Toget...
Cincinnati: J.A. & U.P. James, 1847. First edition. Original cloth boards, rebacked with a matching modern gilt lettered spine. 255 pp., publisher's ads. The binding with shelfwear exposing boards at edges, internally quite worn with stains, foxing and numerous tissue repairs.
This scarce work emanates from the now lost journal of Ezekial Williams and provides a narrative of his 1807 overland trapping expedition. Of the 20 who set out, at least 17 were killed (most by the Comanche), two men met Spanish traders on the Colorado and went with them to California, and Williams found the Missouri and got back to St. Louis. "The Lost Trappers were a portion of Lewis and Clark's party" (Sabin) and "Although the authenticity of some of Coyner's account has been questioned it remains one of the most interesting descriptions of early days on the plains and the fur trade" (Streeter). The last copy of this title sold in 2002; we trace one unsold copy offered in 2007. Field 380; Graff 897; Howes C-836; Streeter sale III:2098; Rittenhouse 142; Sabin 17319; Wagner-Camp-Becker 130:1.
C Estate of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson
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