FIRST EDITION OF BARROWS’ THE GENERAL
[BARROWS, William]. The General; or, Twelve Nights in The Hunters’ Camp. Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1869. Octavo, modern half brown calf, raised bands, pink morocco spine labels. $450.
First edition of the biography of General Willard Barrows, early plainsman and issuer of the first map of Iowa, with frontispiece engraving of the Hunters’ Camp.
“This is a biography of the author’s brother, General Willard Barrows. General Barrows issued the first map of Iowa in 1845, wrote a history of Scott County,” and was generally recognized as one of the first plainsmen. (Storm 196). The book also chronicles “his trip across the plains to California in 1850; expeditions to Idaho and Montana; adventures among the Indians in 1864-5, and his work as a Western surveyor and railroad builder” (Eberstadt 115:106). Howes B188. Decker 2:59.
Minor marginal dampstaining to frontispiece, faint scattered foxing, mainly to preliminaries, a few small stains to text. A near-fine copy.