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Beckwourth, James P.

Published by Bison

ISBN 10: 0608086908 ISBN 13: 9780608086903

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Item Description: Bison. 1981 paperback, 1st printing in this edition. 649 pp. Dog-ear ghosts on three corners. Interior clean, binding strong. Bookseller Inventory # 3300

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Bonner, T.D.

Published by Alfred A Knopf, New York, NY (1931)

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Item Description: Alfred A Knopf, New York, NY, 1931. H Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. F First Edition Thus. New York, NY: Alfred A Knopf. 1931. F First Edition Thus. H Hardcover. Very Good. Clean, tight copy. Minor wear to cover. Bookseller Inventory # 00522646

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Bonner, T. D.

Published by Arno Press and The New York Times, New York (1969)

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Item Description: Arno Press and The New York Times, New York, 1969. Cloth. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket As Issued. First Edition Reprint. The American Negro: His History and Literature series with William Loren Katz as General Editor. Preface by William Loren Katz. viii. Originally published in 1856 by Harper & Brothers, Publishers, New York. Frontis. The full title is "The Life And Adventures Of James P. Beckwourth, Mountaineer, Scout, And Pioneer, And Chief Of The Crow Nation Of Indians." Illustrated. xii. 537pp. Black and white cloth boards with title on spine and series title on front board. Biography. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hardcover. Bookseller Inventory # 008052

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T.D. Bonner.

Published by Alfred A. Knopf: Borzoi Books, New York, NY (1931)

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Item Description: Alfred A. Knopf: Borzoi Books, New York, NY, 1931. Hardcover. First Edition, unstated. Very Good in Fair DJ: Book shows indications of careful use; light wear to extremities; slight spine lean. Binding remains quite secure; text clean. DJ shows heavy wear: chip loss; wear to extremities; price clipped; mylar-protected. Structually sound and tightly bound, but showing some flaws and with a clean text in a rather tatty DJ. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 405pp. Edited, with an Introduction by Bernard De Voto. Americana Deserta Series, Edited by Bernard De Voto. First Edition, unstated. Hardback with DJ. Beckwourth was a fascinating character; born to a black mother and a white father in 1798, he was apprenticed to be a blacksmith but ran away, and eventually made his way to Colorado and other areas of the western mountain and plains states. He became a chief of the Crow tribe, as well as a scout for the U.S. Army. While this account of his life is widely considered to stretch the truth somewhat, historians agree that he did live a remarkable life. It's an interesting read -- obviously Bonner didn't record Beckwourth's own words, but couched it in florid 19th century prose, which actually gives it a sort of peculiar charm. I was often reminded of Thomas Berger's Little Big Man; the eponymous hero of that novel is adopted into the Sioux and eventually serves as a scout for Custer. The language and attitudes of Berger's characters seem so reminiscent of Beckwourth's story that it seems certain he must have read it. A real peculiarity of Beckwourth's autobiography is the fact that it never makes any mention of his race. The author leaves the impression that Beckwourth was white -- he even refers to another adopted native as a "mulatto." Beckwourth displays a casual attitude toward killing, particularly killing of Native Americans, in this telling. He appears to be, if not racist, certainly "culturist." He frequently denigrates Native Americans in one breath (both his enemies and his friends), only to idealize them and their way of life in the next. How much of this is Beckwourth and how much should be laid at the door of T.D. Bonner, we can't tell. The end of the book is jarring; he marries Pine Leaf, the warrior woman whom he has wanted throughout his time with the Crow, and then almost immediately abandons her and goes back to "civilization" with hardly a second thought. All in all, this book is filled with raw, rough-edged adventure, and provides some genuine insights into the American West. While its cultural biases are difficult to empathize with today, they serve as a reminder of just how different our attitudes have become in 150 years or so. Worth reading. Bookseller Inventory # 42558

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THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF JAMES P.: Bonner, T.D.

Bonner, T.D.

Published by Harper & Brothers, New York (1856)

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Item Description: Harper & Brothers, New York, 1856. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very good- condition. First Edition. 537 pages. Original blindstamped cloth with moderate sunning and rubbing to the spine. Illustrated with a frontisportrait and plates. The page edges are lightly soiled with minor handling wear. Ex-libris with library bookplate on inside front cover and a few stamps in the text; the spine is clean. Howes B601: "Highly colored, but basically authentic, narrative of a noted mountain character." Sabin 4265. Field 149. Graff 347. Streeter 2101. Wagner Camp 272:1 calls for 12 plates, this copy has a 13th, "Death of A - Ra - Poo - Ash." First edition. Size: Octavo (8vo). Bookseller Inventory # 017941

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Bonner, T. D.

Published by Harper and Brothers Publishers, New York (1856)

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Item Description: Harper and Brothers Publishers, New York, 1856. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good. First Edition. Spotted cover with loss of the top 1/2" of the spine. Usual library marks. Internally it is wery good. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾". Ex-Library. Bookseller Inventory # 004940k

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The Life and Adventures of James P.: Beckwourth, James P.

Beckwourth, James P. [written by T. D. Bonner]

Published by Harper & Brothers, New York (1856)

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Item Description: Harper & Brothers, New York, 1856. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 1st ed. frontis, illustrations, xii, [13]-537p. plus (2)p. publisher's advertisements. Original cloth. 20cm. Backstrip has some chipping at ends and also at several places along both joints. Bookplate. Scattered foxing. Beckwourth, one of the most colorful of the legendary mountain men, was of mixed racial parentage. It is regarded as an authentic account, although containing numerous exaggerations and invented incidents. Bookseller Inventory # 69225

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Bonner, T. D.

Published by Harper & Brothers, Publishers, NY (1856)

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Item Description: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, NY, 1856. Decorative Cloth. Book Condition: Good Plus. 1st Edition. 537 pages. Illustrated. This copy has the bookplate of F. Hopkinson Smith, a novelist and short story writer. Spine shifted; covers faded; rear free endpaper missing. Internally, text is clean and tight. Good plus. (114). Bookseller Inventory # 005080

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