N.C. Wyeth. Hard Cover. Boston: Little Brown and Company. 1926, 1926. Fine.
Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth. Finely bound by the Atelier Bindery. First edition, first printing. Bound in three-quarter green morocco over green cloth with gilt decorations to the spine with four raised band, top edge gilt, pictorial endpapers. An excellent copy with some light toning to the spine and minor rubbing to the extremities. The Oregon Trail gives a first-hand account of Francis Parkman's two-month summer journey through Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, and Kansas in 1846. The book details Parkman's time hunting buffalo with the Oglala Sioux, an indigenous tribe from the Dakotas. Herman Melville reviewed the book favorably, and it received widespread praise both for the beauty of its prose and its unique descriptions of a bygone era. Parkman was a professor of Horticulture at Harvard University and a trustee of the Boston Athenaeum.