Selma, Al.: Printed at the Book and Job Office of John Hardy & Co., 1858. 237pp., including two in-text diagrams and a list of watering places. Original plum cloth, stamped in blind, spine stamped in gilt. Boards lightly shelfworn, cloth a bit faded and with an old stain in the upper front joint. Bookplate on front pastedown of Dorothy and Clinton Josey, contemporary ownership signatures on front free endpaper, copyright leaf, and an internal margin. Light, mostly marginal, staining to text. The most attractive copy we have seen of a book usually found in much lesser condition. In a half morocco and cloth clamshell case, spine gilt. One of the great classics of travel and exploration through the American Southwest, and a highly important book. Reid's group, the Mesilla Valley Company, left Marion, Alabama in September, 1857 with the intent of exploring the recently-acquired Gadsden Purchase of southern Arizona and southern New Mexico. They travelled by boat from New Orleans to Galveston and Indianola, and then across Texas. At Fort Bliss he joined Crabb's Auxiliary Expedition, a filibustering enterprise to Mexico that resulted in the massacre of almost all of the original participants. Eberstadt notes that many facts of this and other little-known events are brought to life in Reid's account. The survivors made their way to Tucson Valley and then to the Pima and Maricopa villages. From there they travelled down the Gila to Fort Yuma and San Diego, and northward to San Pedro, Santa Barbara, Monterey, and San Francisco. He returned to New Orleans via Panama. Reid describes the areas through which he travelled, often providing historical background, and discusses German emigrants, Indian life, flora and fauna, agricultural possibilities, and more. "One of the great southwestern rarities" - Streeter. "Very scarce in original binding, and extremely important" - Eberstadt, who hypothesizes that many copies were destroyed in Selma during the Civil War. "Excessively rare. Probably no subsequent overland, and only one or two of earlier date, can in any way compare with it in point of actual rarity" - Huntington Sale.Not in Sabin. An attractive copy of a very important book. WAGNER-CAMP 307. HOWES R172, "d." ALABAMA IMPRINTS 1091. COWAN, p.528. RAINES, p.172. CLARK 490. RADER 2776. GRAFF 3450. GRAFF, FIFTY TEXAS RARITIES 39. JONES, ADVENTURES IN AMERICANA 279. VANDALE TEXIANAMETER 140. DESERT VOICES, p.138. STREETER SALE 176. HUNTINGTON SALE 740. EBERSTADT 136:574, 162:667. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: REID'S TRAMP; OR, A JOURNAL OF THE INCIDENTS...
Binding: Original cloth
Book Condition: Very good
Book Description The Steck Company, Austin, Texas, 1935. Hard Cover. Condition: Fine. Facsimile of the 1858 Edition. Dark navy blue cloth covered boards. Clean and bright with crisp text. [search our listings using keyword "Texiana" for other scarce early Texas history titles]. Seller Inventory # 34879
Book Description The Steck Company, Austin, 1935. Clothbound. Condition: Fine, As New. First Fascimile Edition. 245 pages. Fascimile reprint of the 1858 edition. Fine, as new condition. Dark green clothbound with gold lettering on spine. Seller Inventory # 21143
Book Description John Hardy & Co., Selma, Al., 1858. 237pp. Original blindstamped cloth, spine gilt. Hinges cracked, spine extremities and edges lightly worn, boards slightly scuffed, cloth somewhat faded. Lacking front and most of rear endpapers, bookplate on front pastedown. Scattered light foxing, otherwise internally clean. Good. One of the great classic rarities of Southwest Americana, this is Reid's account of the journey to explore the Gadsden Purchase and his overland journey to California by the southern route. He left Marion, Alabama in September 1856 with a party of travellers known as the Mesilla Valley Company, whose main purpose was to explore the newly acquired territory in the Southwest known as the Gadsden Purchase. The group travelled through Mobile and New Orleans, then by ship to Galveston, then on land to San Antonio, Castroville, El Paso, Tucson, San Diego, and San Francisco. In the beginning of 1857, Reid joined a failed filibustering expedition into Sonora and Chihuahua led by Henry Crabb, but left for California by April of that year. He stayed only a short time in California before returning via Panama, Havana, and New Orleans. The book contains a wealth of brief and entertaining descriptions of life in the Mexican cession, including the towns and hamlets visited along the way, German immigrants, the agricultural promise of the region, desert flora and fauna, and speculation on the future of the Indians of the Southwest. The description of Reid's association with Crabb's filibusters is most interesting. "Reid's work is one of the genuine classics relating to the Southwest; his descriptions of mines and miners, the natives, in fact all the country through which he passed, are vivid" - Decker. A most important Southwest rarity, accorded a "d" rating by Howes. HOWES R172, "d." WAGNER-CAMP 307. STREETER SALE 176. RADER 2776. RAINES, p.172. CLARK III:490. COWAN, p.528. GRAFF 3450. DECKER 36:339. REESE, BEST OF THE WEST 152. Seller Inventory # WRCAM40468