New York; (`1905): G.P. Putnam's Sons. First Edition. Octavo. Item #018996
xxiii. 360p. index. profusely illustrated with over 140 photographs, maps, etc. When John Wesley Powell planned his second descent on the Colorado in 1871, he chose a young 17 year old, Frederick S. Dellenbaugh. Perhaps the finest writer on those experiences, he writes in the preface: "With the Wilderness, however, I can claim some degree of familiarity, for I have been over portions of almost every one of the principal historical trails….on foot, on horseback, by boat, by waggon [sic!], and by railway." He became the librarian for the American Geographical Society from 1909 to 1911. What shocked early reviewers was how he dealt with each explorer objectively even from those nationalities often neglected by Americans. He also discussed with fairness the problems of the American Indian and the Mormons. Both the rich style and marvelous typography makes this one of the most important on the exploration and development of the American West.