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The California and Oregon Trail, by Parkman
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The California and Oregon Trail
being Sketches of Prairie and Rocky Mountain Life

by Francis Parkman Jr

"The journey which the following narrative describes was undertaken on the writer's part with a view of studying the manners and character of Indians in their primitive state. Although, in the chapters which relate to them, he has only attempted to sketch those features of their wild and picturesque life which fell, in the present instance, under his own eye, yet in doing so he has constantly aimed to leave an impression of their character correct as far as it goes. In justifying his claim to accuracy on this point, it is hardly necessary to advert to the representations given by poets and novelists, which, for the most part, are mere creations of fancy. The Indian is certainly entitled to a high rank among savages, but his good qualities are not those of an Uncas or an Outalissi." (taken from the reverse side of the title page)

The first chapter suggests that the contents of this book were begun in this 1840s. The publication date is not shown, but an on-line search yields that this book may have been published circa 1898.

A L Burt, Publisher. pp 1-320. EX-LIB. The book has green, cloth-covered boards, with gilt-stamped title on the spine. The book measures approximately 7-1/2 x 5 inches. The pages are top-edge gilt.

The cover has moderate shelf wear, as well as minor scuffing on the back board. The inner pages are toned but remain completely legible. The title page is loose (see image). One page (237/8) has a deep vertical crease with a long tear from the top edge and a short tear from the bottom edge. This page is also completely legible.

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