London: John Murray, 1835. Very Good. First Edition. 12mo [7.5x5in]; [i-ii, missing series general title, "Miscellanies", and imprint], [iii] title, [iv] blank, [v]-xiii, [xiv] blank, - 335 pp.,  colophon; 3/4 leather binding over dark gray cloth with gilt lettering on black label with gilt rules and device on spine, blind rules along edges of leather, dark brown end papers, all edges trimmed; Some rubbing to all edges and corners, leather worn through on corners, all edges darken with age, front and back hinges cracked but tight, stain spot on leather front cover, detailed bookplate of W. J. Holliday on front end paper, pages xi and xii are misplaced after xiii and in the Content under Chapter XXV the page number 220 is mis-numbered 22. [This English edition preceded the American edition of 1836, and is the true first edition and printing]
[Wagner-Camp 56:1 noted "Blanck states that this edition consists of two settings: in one setting, the chapter heading XXVI is correctly given in the table of contents (p. xii) and on page 21 is mis-numbered 12; in the other setting, the chapter heading is incorrectly given as XXIV and page 21 is numbered correctly." This book is the first setting]. Item #13382
Washington Irving (1783-1859) was an American author, historian and diplomat in the early 1800's. He is one of the first American authors acclaimed in Europe with the short stories of Rip Van Winkle (1819) and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1820). In 1832, after returning to the Untied States from a 17 years in England, he was a successful and famous author and wanted to see the American frontier. He was accompanied by Charlie Joseph Latrobe, an Englishman, and Alexander de Pourtales, a 19 year old Franco-Swiss Count. They met Judge Henry Leavitt Ellsworth on a Detroit Steamer on Lake Erie, whom President Andrew Jackson had appointed to the Board of Commissioners to remove the Southern Indian Tribes west of the Mississippi River. Ellsworth invited the group to join him in a month long tour of unexplored Indian country (present day Oklahoma). They arrived at the Ft. Gibson to meet with a group of Rangers on a reconnaissance south to the Red River. Irving was 49 and more of a bon vivant than a frontiersman, and this trip was an exciting time of discovery. He kept a journal and this book, The Tour on the Prairies, is filled stories of the people they met and the adventures.
William J. Holliday (1895-1977) was a part of the family steel business in Indianapolis and spent his winters in Tucson, Arizona. He was an compulsive collector in many areas and his book collection focused on western Americana. He developed an large collection of the history and development of the Southwest, along with western expansion, California Gold Rush and Mexican history. In the early 1950's, he donated 7,000 books on the Southwest to the Arizona Historical Society. In 1954, he had a late "mid-life change" to he remarried, sold the family steel business and auctioned off his remaining Library.