Sep 26, 2019 - Sale 2517

Sale 2517 - Lot 238

Estimate: $ 500 - $ 750
(WEST.) Parkman, Francis. The California and Oregon Trail. 448 pages. 12mo, variant dark brown publisher's cloth, worn and stained but tastefully restored, rebacked and recased with original backstrip laid down; marginal dampstaining in final third of the book; signature of early owner A. White Jr. of Boston on front free endpaper. New York, 1849

Additional Details

first edition. A variant issued without the frontispiece, additional title page, or final ad leaves, possibly the binding described by Howes P97: "This freak variant was probably one of the 6 special copies sent by the publisher to Parkman." Wagner-Camp 170:1a-3 mentions this dark brown variant binding as well. BAL 15446 also notes this "experimental binding," but describes the cloth as black.