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1 Brewerton, George D. Incidents of Travel in New Mexico
Ashland Lewis Osborne 1969 Limited Edition 
Fine in the publisher's full beige buckram. Both the spine and the front board are stamped in gilt. Quarto. Map-endpapers of 'The Western Territories in The Forties.' 74pps., with numerous woodcut illustrations and a colophon. No dustjacket, as issued. An excellent, collector's-quality copy: clean, tight, square, and bright. No reading wear and no previous ownership markings. Includes an Introduction and Commentary by Ferol Egan. This edition was limited to 1,400 copies of which this is Number 10. Included with this book is a copy of 'Harper's New Monthly Magazine' (No. XLVII, April 1854) in which Brewerton's journal was originally published. This magazine is in Good condition: it has a separated front cover, considerable wear to the spine, a number of creased page-corners, and sporadic foxing. All pages are, nonetheless, present and quite legible. There are a number of other articles and stories in the magazine, including chapters from a novel by Thackeray. Sold together, book and magazine: a nice matching of an intriguing historical document.

"...Not quite twenty-one, trained in the art of military science, accustomed to the amenities of the Eastern seaboard, Lieutenant George Douglas Brewerton was not the type one would picture in a frontier setting. Yet because he was part of the American Army of occupation in California, the course of his life was suddenly changed by a command from Colonel Richard B. Mason, the Military Governor of California. The orders: accompany Kit Carson and his dispatch-bearing party as far east as Independence, Missouri; then head south to Mississippi and report for duty with the First United States Infantry.
Here was the beginning of a muleback ride into history. It started on a warm day in May, 1848. The men rode out of the pueblo of Los Angeles and hit the Old Spanish Trail to Santa Fe. For the 38-year-old Kit Carson -- mountain man, Indian fighter, guide, courier, and a legend in his own lifetime -- this was only another overland trip with a pouch of dispatches; but it did offer the bonus of a stopover in Taos to spend a few days with his wife. For young Brewerton, it was a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, an experience he never forgot..."

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Price: 200.00 USD
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