Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1957. First Edition. INSCRIBED "To dear Odessa Davenport who is going to help us bring the hero of this tale into the literary limelight, full strength. Mae Reed Porter & Clyde Porter, June - 1957." 8vo. liv, 239 pp. Double-page map; illustrated plates. Tan & turquoise cloth in turquoise color illustrated dustjacket. Slight offsetting to front and rear endpapers; else a near fine copy. Item #20857
Number 23 in The American Exploration and Travel Series. In 1843, Matthew Field, assistant editor of the New Orleans Picayune, was invited by Sir William Drummond Stewart to document the first "party of pleasure to the Rocky Mountains" led by Stewart - an excursion of twenty gentlemen and thirty hunters, muleteers, and camp servants, with no other purpose than the fun of riding out hundreds of miles to the Wind River Mountains and the excitement of buffalo hunting. Here is Field's superb and entertaining on-the-spot account of the pary's adventures in the early West.