Memoirs of My Life Including in the Narrative Five Journeys of Western Exploration ... 1842, 1843-4, 1845-6-7, 1849-9, 1853-4. Chicago and New York: Belford, Clarke, 1887. Volume I. 4to, contemporary full morocco, bevelled boards, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Includes frontispiece, seven maps (two folding), and 82 plates. Rubbing to spine; sunning to spine; shelfwear; corners bumped; hinging starting. Inner dentelles, floral endpapers. spine somewhat sunned with some dark spotting, inked name of Jerome P. Kendall on flyleaf and inside. a.e.g. Tight. Uncommonly fresh for this large publication. Note: the rear folding map has some lines of discoloration due to long contact with the turn-ins of the leather cover. This is the only volume published of Fremont's memoirs. It contains selections from the Reports of his first three explorations. Also, a biography of her father, U. S. Senator Thomas H. Benton, of Missouri, by Jessie Benton Fremont, a remarkable woman. John Fremont had an astonishing career, first, as "The Pathfinder", then as one of the first two U. S. Senators from California, then he was the first candidate for the U.S. Presidency by the new Republican Party (1856), next he was a general for the Union in Missouri during the Civil War ( where he emancipated the slaves), and still later was the Territorial Governor of Arizona. He died n 1890. This volume may be the largest publishing effort ever undertaken by Belford, Clarke.
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