PROSE SKETCHES AND POEMS, WRITTEN IN THE WESTERN COUNTRY
by Pike, Albert
Boston, 1834. 200pp. Original green cloth, spine gilt. Contemporary bookseller's ticket on front pastedown, contemporary pencil doodles on endleaves. Lightly foxed. Very good plus. In a half morocco and cloth clamshell case. First edition of the author's first book, printing what has been generally accorded the honor of being the first printed account of a trip across the Texas Panhandle: the journey of Pike and his friend, Aaron B. Lewis. Lewis started from Fort Towson after spending a wretched winter on the Canadian River. The following summer he trapped in the Colorado Mountains. Pike joined him for the return trip in the fall, down the Pecos and across to one of the headwaters of the Brazos, and from thence northeast to Red River and Fort Smith. The overland narrative occupies pages 9-80. The remainder of the book is comprised of poetic and prose renderings of life in the Southwest, written chiefly while Pike was resident in Santa Fe and Arkansas Territory. He later distinguished himself in the Mexican-American War, superintended Indian Territory for the Confederates during the Civil War, and dabbled in the law and Masonry in later years. While his overland journey has always been the chief interest of this book, one should not ignore its literary merits. The DAB states that Pike "had imagination and skill in versification....Some of his poems have a lusty vigor, and of the different versions of 'Dixie' his is perhaps the best." WAGNER-CAMP 50. STREETER TEXAS 1150. CLARK III:88. WRIGHT I:2045. FIELD 1219. RADER 2670. VANDALE 132. GRAFF 3285. BAL 16031. HOWES P365. RITTENHOUSE 466.
(Inventory #: WRCAM27077D)
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