Life, Letters, and Travels of Father Pierre-Jean De Smet, S.J., 1801-1873: Missionary Labors and Adventures among the Wild Tribes of the North American Indians, Embracing Minute Descriptions of Their Manners, Customs, Games, Modes of Warfare and Torture, Legends, Traditions, etc., All from Personal Observations Made during Many Thousand Miles of Travel, with Sketches of the Country from St. Louis to Puget Sound and the Altrabasca. Edited from the original unpublished manuscript journals and letter books and from his printed works with historical, geographical, ethnological, and other notes; also a life of Father De Smet. Map and illustrations

New York: Francis P. Harper, 1905. Second edition (first published in 1904). 8vo. 4 volumes: xv, 402; vii, 403-794; vi, 795-1211; vi, 1213-1624 pp. Plates, portraits, facsimiles, maps, one large folding map in rear pocket of volume four. Howes C-392. Graff 3824. Smith 9545. Tweney 8: "De Smet gave more than thirty years' service to the American Indian in his post as Superior of the Indian Missions in the Pacific Northwest. He traveled assiduously, wrote voluminously, and treated the Indians with sympathy and understanding … on numerous occasions he acted as chief negotiator between the Indians and the government and he was influential in the formation of what eventually became the national Indian policy. These four volumes are the most complete collection of his letters available, and the accompanying life of Father De Smet make them both authoritative and indispensable." Some pages roughly opened, but a fine, partly unopened copy. Orig. green cloth, gilt spine titles. (#8184). Item #61294

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