Lewis H. Garrard - Wah to Yah and the Taos Trail - First Edition, 1850 - $800

GARRARD, Lewis H. Wah-To-Yah and the Taos Trail; or Prairie Travel and Scalp Dances, With a Look at Los Rancheros from Muleback and the Rocky Mountain Campfire.

Cincinnati and New York: H.W. Derby & Co. and A.S. Barnes & Co., 1850. First Edition. First issue, with page 269 numbered as 26. Rebound in black leather boards with gilt lettering and rules to spine. A few pages show light foxing and dogeared corners, and there are one or two spots of oxidation from a previously laid in object. Binding is sound and pages are unmarked. 

Taking its name for an Indian name for Colorado's Spanish Peaks, Garrard's book recounts tales of "the Indian, the trader, the mountain man, their dress, and behavior and speech and the country and climate they lived in" (A.B. Guthrie, Jr., introducing a later edition), while crossing paths with frontier and mountain men such as Kit Carson, Jim Beckwourth, and Ceran St. Vrain. [Graff 1513, Howes G69]

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