New York: Dewitt & Davenport, Publishers. 1849. 1st Edition (Graff 4565; Howes W-195; Sabin 102248; Wagner-Camp-Becker 176; Wright I, 2687). 2 volumes in 1: , 134; ,  - 263, [1 (blank)] pp. 12mo. 7-1/2" x 4-7/8". Original publisher's brown cloth binding, with gilt stamping to spine & boards blocked in blind. General extremity wear, with chip to cloth at spine base. Book label of one "H. Scofield" to front paste-down. Usual foxing to paper. Withal, a Very Good copy. Item #43832
"According to Camp, Charles Webber was a former Texas Ranger who, fascinated by tales of gold and quicksilver in the country north of the Gila River, wrote this lurid tale of border life to promote an expedition into the area. He succeeded in organizing the 'Centralia Exploring Expedition to California via the Valleys of the Pecos, to Gila and the Colorado of the West.' The expedition, however, suffered cholera on the lower Rio Grande and the loss of horses at Corpus Christi. As a result, the project was abondoned and Webber never reached California." [W-C-B].