Trappers of New York

From Bauman's Books:

"By the close of the Revolutionary period, “trappers became an ineradicable part of American folklore… wild, free, unafraid.” Author of several highly regarded histories of New York’s frontier period, newspaperman Jeptha Simms (1807-83) assembled lore and anecdotes about several of New York’s most famous frontiersmen for his popular Trappers of New York. Featured is William Johnson, “the dominant figure on the New York frontier from the 1740s until the eve of the American Revolution… Johnson’s major importance lay in the political and military sphere, where the goodwill he had won by his dealings with the Indians proved invaluable to colonial and imperial authorities” (Lamar, 1128, 577)."

This antique hardcover limited-edition book is bound in brown cloth boards with a paste-down spine label with black lettering. Covers are worn, cover edges and corners show heavy wear, some soil; endpapers browned, with some markings; most inner pages clean. This edition was "annotated" by the previous owner, with notes and pasted-in information throughout - all concerning the edition, illustrations and information containted within. This book was limited to 50 copies; it is illustrated throughout with full-page steel engraving plates. Additionally, this copy was the former property of author William Stone. Stone's bookplate appears on the front inner board, and pasted down to the front endpaper is a letter to Stone from the book's author, Jeptha Simms, dated Sept. 26, 1881. Simms is writing Stone to tell him of a new book he's working on (another history of New York), and offering to get one of Stone's books into the hands of some people in Fort Plain. The letter appears to have torn at one of the folds, and a previous owner has repaired it with tape. 297 pages, including index; approx. 6"x9". Steel engravings.

  • Jeptha R. Simms
  • J. Munsell, 1871