New York: American Book Company, 1937. First Edition. Hardcover. 8vo, pp. , vii-xviii, 152. Unstated first edition. Black boards with gilt accents. Slightly cocked spine and lightly bumped boards. Firm binding; no loose pages. Tanned edges and pages; uneven tanning inside covers. Dust jacket with rubbing, chips and small tears and some small stains; encased in a clear, protective cover. Good / good. Item #9871
From the introduction: " . . . in this year (1832) Irving . . still cherished a boyhood passion. This passion was a deep and honest interest in the life of the American frontier. . . While studying this interest of Irving's the present editors discovered the Journal of Henry Leavitt Ellsworth. In it were amusing and informative portraits of a different Irving, not the familiar Irving beheld in Paris in 1824 in pigeon-tailed claret coat and silk stockings, or on Broadway in 1850 in a Talma cloak. Here was the most popular American author of the 'thirties not as Tom Moore or Longfellow saw him, but as he appeared to the contemptuous eyes of Billett, the Indian guide."