“AMONG THE BEST HISTORICAL WRITERS OF HIS COUNTRY”: PARKMAN ON THE SETTLEMENT OF THE AMERICAN WEST
PARKMAN, Francis. Works. Boston: Little, Brown, 1891-93. Twelve volumes. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter tan calf, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, raised bands, brown morocco spine labels, marbled boards and endpapers, top edges gilt, uncut. $4500.
Beautifully bound set of Parkman’s works, illustrated with numerous plates and maps.
Parkman was one of the first American historians to consult original French and British manuscript material relating to the settlement of the West, and his writings possess a literary sophistication rarely found in the field of history. "Parkman ranks among the best historical writers of his country… His place is alongside the greatest historians whose works are English classics" (Allibone, 1212). Among the works included in this set are his landmarks The Oregon Trail, LaSalle and the Discovery of the Great West, Pioneers of France in the New World and The Old Regime in Canada.