The Oregon Trail: Edited From His Notebooks By Mason Wade and Illustrated By Maynard Dixon (SIGNED by Maynard Dixon)
New York: Limited Editions Club, 1943. First Edition Thus. Small quarto; xxii, 297pp; illustrated endpapers by Maynard Dixon showing Native Americans meeting a Western-bound Conestoga wagon train. #942, and signed by Maynard Dixon at the colophon. Bound in full tan sheepskin saddle leather with Dixon design burned into the upper cover and spine, in publisher's slipcase lacking the chemise. Fading to spine; wear to spine ends; small black mark on front cover; else very good; wear to slipcase along edges but intact. Item #21811
What makes this edition remarkable are the numerous illustrations done by Maynard Dixon. We learn from the Limited Editions Club Monthly Newsletter laid in to the book that Dixon traveled along the same Oregon Trail path that Parkman took to begin his illustrations, using as models the Indains who are direct descendents of those Parkman knew. From the Newsletter we further learn that the pen illustrations are printed in sanguine ink (sepia-like) and Dixon's striking full color paintings are reproduced by a special process combining offset lithography and collotype.