The American Fur Trade of the Far West; A History of Pioneer Trading Posts & Early Fur Companies of the Missouri Valley & Rocky Mountains & of the Overland Commerce with Santa Fe. Introduction, Notes, Hiram Martin Chittenden, Stallo Vinton, Dr. Edmond S. Meany, Sketch of the Author.
The American Fur Trade of the Far West; A History of Pioneer Trading Posts & Early Fur Companies of the Missouri Valley & Rocky Mountains & of the Overland Commerce with Santa Fe
The American Fur Trade of the Far West; A History of Pioneer Trading Posts & Early Fur Companies of the Missouri Valley & Rocky Mountains & of the Overland Commerce with Santa Fe
The American Fur Trade of the Far West; A History of Pioneer Trading Posts & Early Fur Companies of the Missouri Valley & Rocky Mountains & of the Overland Commerce with Santa Fe

The American Fur Trade of the Far West; A History of Pioneer Trading Posts & Early Fur Companies of the Missouri Valley & Rocky Mountains & of the Overland Commerce with Santa Fe

New York: Barnes & Noble, Inc., (1935). Hardcover. Two volumes (complete), octavo size, 1048 total pp., with fold-out map. Near Fine. Item #121110127

The fur trade in the American West was an extensive economic vernture that brought many families to form settlements there, and strongly impacted the way of life of numerous Native Americans who often worked as hunters for the fur trading companies. In this well-regarded set, historian Hiram Martin Chittenden (1858-1917) provides a thorough assessment of the fur trade, including accounts of the people who shaped the landscape of the West and the multitude of companies that rose and fell with the trade.

This two-volume set is a reprint of the 1902 edition, and includes a folding map and sixteen plates.

___DESCRIPTION: Full green cloth, blind-embossed ruled border on the front board, gilt lettering on the front board and spine, Volume I with black-and-white portrait of the author as frontispiece, Volume II with fold-out map in a pocket on the rear paste-down endpaper, titled "Map of the Trans-Mississippi Territory of the United States"; octavo size (9.25" by 6.25"), pagination: Volume I: [i-vi] vii-xxx [1-2] 3-482; Volume II: [i-iv] 483-1014. Bookseller's ticket on the rear paste-down endpaper, from Books Inc. in San Francisco, in Volume I. In a slipcase covered in green cloth.

___CONDITION: Volumes are near fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, strong, square text blocks with solid hinges, the interiors are clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; spines are lightly sunned, the tail of the spine of Volume II is very lightly bumped, shallow crease to the top corner of page 411 in Volume I, and light toning to the endpapers in both volumes. The fold-out map is fine, clean, with only original folds, with two small creases at the bottom edge, else fine. The slipcase is good, sturdy, clean overall with light soiling to the bottom board, overall edge wear, and boards are splitting at one edge of the spine, but slipcase is still sturdy.

___CITATION: Wright-Howes no. 398.

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Price: $150.00