Breaking the Wilderness by Frederick S. Dellenbaugh, 1908

Dellenbaugh, Frederick S., Breaking the Wilderness: The Story of the Conquest of the Far West. G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1908. Early printing, octavo, publisher's binding.  

Offered is a 1908 printing of Breaking the Wilderness with original publisher's binding. The book was published by G.P. Putnam's Sons in collaboration with The Knickerbocker Press out of New York. The work includes numerous illustrations from photographs, sketches, and maps throughout. 

Frederick S. Dellenbaugh was a noted American explorer, artist, and assistant topographer. Dellenbaugh began exploring the American West at an early age. He was a member of an expedition that discovered the last unknown river in the United States, the Escalante River and the previously undiscovered Henry Mountains.

Breaking the Wilderness by Frederick Dellenbaugh tells a story of western expansion and discovery, with details of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca's long trek across the continent as well as the first descent of the Colorado River by Major John Wesley Powell through the Grand Canyon. Dellenbaugh himself was a close assistant to Powell and worked as assistant topographer for Powell's second trip down the Colorado River. Furthermore, the book narrates the completion of the Union Pacific railway and gives insight into the exploits of traders and trappers of the area. The book was first published in 1905, making this copy an early printing.


Overall good condition considering age and use. Original cloth boards include tree, teepee, mountain, and compass rose designs in contrasting brown. Spine includes printed title, author, and publisher information. Some scattered wear, with stains on boards, some shelf wear, and light staining on interior pages. Binding is tight and all pages are intact. 

Dimensions: 9" H x 6.5" W x 2" D.

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