(Hartford: Dustin Gilman & Co., 1874). 230 x 142 mm. (9 x 5 5/8"). xviii, 19-604 pp.
Publisher's embossed and gilt green cloth, covers with within central bevelled mandorla radiating eight bevelled lines to edges, mandorla on upper cover with decorative gilt-embossed titling, flat spine with decorative gilt titling, all edges gilt. Frontispiece portraits of Carson and Peters and 32 additional engravings, as called for. Cowan p.176; Howes 256. Spine slightly cocked, with tiny tears to head and tail, extremities a bit rubbed, boards lightly chafed, upper board with small stain hear edge, mild offsetting from engravings, other minor defects, but a very good copy, internally clean and fresh, the original binding still sound.
This is an enlarged edition of DeWitt Peters' controversial account of the life of the legendary soldier, scout, and frontiersman, first published in 1858. Christopher "Kit" Carson (1809-68) held many different jobs in his life, including fur trapper, Indian fighter, expedition guide, army scout, and farmer. He dictated his memoirs to Dewitt C. Peters in 1856, but according to ANB, Peters "wildly exaggerated Carson's actual exploits"--which were quite thrilling enough unadorned. Still, as ANB observes, "His honesty, loyalty, courage, decency, and sense of duty—in short, his personal integrity—so elevated him in public esteem, even during his lifetime, that he became and has remained the equal of Daniel Boone as an American frontiersman." (ST14779)
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