GARRARD, Lewis H. (1829-1887). 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: H.W. Derby & Co., 1850.

$ 1,200.00

8vo., bound in 6's (7 ½ x 5 ¼ inches). (Pale stain to the upper margin of the first few leaves). Original publisher's brown cloth, the front cover stamped in blind, the smooth spine titled in gilt and stamped in blind (rebacked, preserving the original spine).

Provenance: From the distinguished library of James Strohn Copley, his bookplate to the front pastedown.

First edition, first issue. At age 17 Garrard left school to go West, joining a caravan headed along the Santa Fe Trail. He traveled through the southern Rocky Mountains, spending most of his time in the Taos area of New Mexico. This book recounts that expedition, which includes the only first-hand account of the trial and hanging of six Mexicans and Pueblos who had revolted against the U.S. rule of New Mexico. Additionally it contains an "anthropologically accurate" (Gale) of the Cheyenne Indians, as well as the adventures of such personages as Kit Carson, Jim Beckwourth, Ceran St. Vrain, George F. Ruxton, William Bent, and many others. First edition, first issue with p. 269 misnumbered as 26. "An important Southwest book by a perceptive observer and a thoroughly captivating writer. Edward Eberstadt often recommended this work as the first book that collectors should read about the Southwest" (Graff). From the library of James Strohn Copley, journalist and publisher of the San Diego Union-Tribune and the San Diego Evening Tribune.