TOME, PHILIP Pioneer Life; Or, Thirty Years a Hunter. Being Scenes and Adventures in the Life of Philip Tome, fifteen years Interpreter for Cornplanter and Gov. Blacksnake, Chiefs on the Allegany River.
Buffalo: Published for the author, 1854. First edition. Original cloth, the cover lettered in gilt. Frontispiece, 238 pp. Foxing to endpapers, pencil signature of "J.E. King" to title, cloth extremities and spine gently faded, a few frayed areas and spots to spine but a very fine copy overall.
A rare work in fine condition considered one of the scarcest of the Buffalo sporting imprints. Tome was an early 19th century pioneer in Western Pennsylvania and interpreter to Cornplanter and Governor Blacksnake, chiefs on the Allegheny River. Besides fine Native American content, the books contains a "remarkable and accurate account of hunting elk, deer, bears, wolves, trapping and fishing from 1791 to about 1825" (Phillips). We trace only four copies sold since the 1999 Siebert sale. Graff 4162 "an important account of pioneer life in the Old West"; Phillips, Bibliography of American Sporting Books, p. 377; Streeter Sale 4088; Siebert Sale 243; Howes T288.
C Estate of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson
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