Denver, Colorado: The Old West Publishing Company, 1964. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 250 deluxe versions (presentation copy), folio size, 397 pp., signed by Dale L. Morgan. Near Fine. Item #16060115
William H. Ashley (ca. 1778-1838) was a prominent player in the fur trade in the western United States, forming the company Rocky Mountain Fur Incorporated with the miner and frontiersman Andrew Henry (ca. 1775-1832); the company was famous for the men who worked for it from 1822 to 1832, known as "Ashley's Hundred".
This deluxe edition, by American historian Dale L. Morgan (1914-1971), presents a biography of Ashley as well as an account of his influence in the fur trade and exploration in the Rocky Mountains, filled with illustrations and a fold-out map at the back of the book, showing the places Ashley travelled in his expansion of his business.
___DESCRIPTION: Half brown calf with brown cloth boards, the spine with three raised bands and red leather label with gilt lettering and rules, fore-edge rough cut, frontispiece a painting by Charles Bodmer, captioned "Mehskéhmé-Sukahs or Iron Shirt, Piegan Chief of the Ashley Era", title page in red and black with line drawing in black, black-and-white illustrations by various artists throughout, with one watercolour by Bodmer in colour, fold-out black-and-white map at the back of the book titled "The West of William H. Ashley 1822-1838"; folio size (13.75" by 10"), pagination: [i-x] xi-liv [lv-lvi] 1-341, one of 250 copies of the deluxe edition, this copy marked "Presentation copy" but without the name of the person to whom it was presented, signed by Dale L. Morgan on the limitation page at the front of the book.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, the folding map fine with no unintended creases or tears, and entirely free of prior owner markings; very light rubbing to the head and tail of the spine and to the corners, and corners are gently bumped, with a few light marks to the leather. Lacking the slipcase.
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