Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1953. First Edition, thus. Hardcover. 16mo; pp; xxxvi, 297, including an index and followed by a list of the previously issued Lakeside Classics; illustrated with a frontispiece & five additional plates including two maps; dark blue cloth covered boards, spine lettered in gilt with a gilt top edge. Very good. Item #19179
One of the earliest narratives of the fur trade. It covers the author's experiences on the upper Missouri in 1809, and an expedition to Santa Fé in 1821, one of the earliest trips over the Santa Fé Trail. The 1846 first edition was written from James' dictation by Nathan Niles, who, resenting local newspaper criticism, destroyed nearly all copies (Howes).