"THE FIRST WORK IN AMERICAN LITERATURE TO RELAY THE STORY OF AN AFRICAN AMERICAN ON THE WESTERN FRONTIER"
(BECKWOURTH, James P.) BONNER, T.D. Life and Adventures of James P. Beckwourth. New York, 1856.
First edition of "a classic of pioneer days in the West," the dramatic life of Black western explorer and pioneer James Beckwourth, born the enslaved son of a white overseer and an African woman, whose history, like that of thousands of African American pioneers, "raises a different lens to an old tale," with engraved frontispiece and twelve full-page engraved illustrations, in original cloth. $2000.