New York: Murray Hill Books, . Hardcover. 8vo. Tan cloth with brown lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xviii, 458pp. Illustrations, foldout map. Very good/good plus. Jacket a bit rough -- edge chipped mainly at head/tail of spine, with old mends on verso, but complete and still fairly attractive. Item #45035
First of this edition, being a later reprint of the classic 1909 account of (to cite front jacket flap) "the opening of the Northwest seen through the eyes of... one of the greatest river pilots to navigate the shoals and rapids of the Big Muddy." This unusual copy bears a choice autograph addition: Tipped facing the title page is a unique frontispiece -- a meaty Typed Letter Signed from Hanson, 1p, 8" X 11", Manassas, Virginia, 20 November 1954. Addressed to Arnold F. Gates (1914-93, noted Lincoln/Civil War scholar). Near fine. Original folds. On imprinted letterhead, Hanson chats cordially and in detail with this officer of the New York Civil War Round Table about his book "Bull Run Remembers" and about Civil War Round Tables in general. Fascinating -- signed boldly in full at the close. Hanson (1858-1960) was a historian and writer whose titles include “Frontier Ballads,” “With Sully into the Sioux Land,” “With Carrington on the Bozeman Road,” “Pilot Knob,” “South Dakota in the World War, 1917 – 1919,” “The World War through the Stereoscope,” and “The Trail to El Dorado" -- and of course "The Conquest of the Missouri," by far his best known book. Nonauthorial 1946 gift inscription on front flyleaf to Robert Parker Coffin (1917-2019), noted Chicago architect and engineer, from his mother. See GRAFF 1772, HOWES H177 and SMITH 4050.