Title: Forty Years a Fur Trader on the Upper ...
Publisher: Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1933
Publication Date: 1933
xxiii and 388 p. This is no .31 in the annual Christmas edition published by R.R. Donnelley and Sons as a gift for employees and unavailable for sale except in the secondary market. The series republishes historical American works that are virtually unknown or rare in the original. This book was originally edited by Elliot Coues and published by Frances P. Harper in 1892; it was not reprinted until now. In his historical introduction, Quaife says that the record kept by Charles Larpenteur is "one of our most important sources of information concerning the fur trade of the Upper Missouri in the nineteenth century." St. Louis was the center of this trade and still at the time this volume was published was the site of America's largest fur auctions. The publisher's preface focuses on the fact that Larpenteur's narrative gives a frank picture of the treatment of the Indians by the fur traders operating "under American influences, which contrasts strongly" with traders operating as Mackinaw as a base-the English, Scots, and French involved there had friendly and fair relations with the Native Americans, whereas the Upper Missouri traders were bold adventurers "with contempt for the Indians," and the government's actions in the area were "unintelligent" and the government agents "incompetent and corrupt." With footnotes and index. Maroon cloth hard cover with gilt titles, top edges gilt, fine but for dulling of gilt on the spine and some browning of endpapers due to the paste used in binding, frontispiece portrait of Larpenteur with tissue guard, fold-out map, fine; presentation card of Thomas Donnelley (president, son of the founder, originator of the Lakeside Classic Series, laid in. Bookseller Inventory # LC31
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