PIKE, Albert (1809-1891). Prose Sketches and Poems, Written in the Western Country. Boston: Light & Horton, 1834.

$ 2,800.00

8vo., bound in 6’s (7 3/8 x 4 ¾ inches). (Expert marginal repair to page 103/104 not affecting the text; light spotting throughout). Fine folding engraved map of “Mexico and Guatimala” with original hand coloring in full. Original dark green moiré cloth, with title stamped in gilt on spine (rebacked preserving the remains of the original spine, endpapers renewed).

First edition. “Pike was one of the first Anglo-American authors to use the Southwest as a setting for his writings” (Plains & Rockies IV:50). “This seems to be the first published account of a journey in modern times across the Texas Panhandle. It is an unusual book by an unusual man, who besides hunting for furs on the Plains, wrote poetry and was later a leading lawyer of the Southwest” (Streeter 1150). This copy includes a beautiful map of "Mexico and Guatimala," originally published in Grigg’s American School Atlas (1830), tipped in before page 105, which is unrelated to the text. Though born in Boston, Pike set out for the West in 1831, stopping in St. Louis; Independence, Missouri; Taos, New Mexico; Texas; and Fort Smith, Arkansas, with much of his journey on foot. He eventually settled in Arkansas in 1833, becoming a teacher and journalist before being admitted to the bar in 1837. Pike fought in both the Mexican-American War and the Civil War, siding with the Confederacy. He was appointed as Confederate Envoy to the Native Americans, and negotiated a number of treaties during his tenure, the most important of which with Cherokee Chief John Ross in 1861.