Introduction to Life in the Rocky Mountains, by W. A. Ferris

Preface

Warren Angus Ferris was an ordinary trapper, employed by the American Fur Company, who left a record of his day to day experiences as a mountain man. He provides one of the most detailed accounts of the fur trade in the Central Rocky Mountains during the years 1830 to 1835.

Bibliographic Information

Life in the Rocky Mountains was originally published in a series of installments in the Western Literary Messenger, Buffalo, N. Y.: J. S. Chadbourne & Co., from July 13, 1842 to May 4, 1844.

Several annotated editions have subsequently been published:

Author:        Ferris, Warren Angus, 1810-1873.
Title:         Life in the Rocky mountains, 1830-1835, by Warren Angus Ferris;
               arranged by Herbert S. Auerbach, annotated by J. Cecil Alter.
Published:     Salt Lake City, Utah, Rocky mountain book shop, 1940.

Author:        Ferris, Warren Angus, 1810-1873.
Title:         Life in the Rocky Mountains; a diary of wanderings on the sources of the
               rivers Missouri, Columbia, and Colorado from February, 1830, to
               November, 1835 by W. A. Ferris, then in the employ of the American Fur
               Company, and supplementary writings by Ferris, with a detailed map of
               the fur country, drawn by Ferris in 1836.  Edited, and with a life of
               Ferris, and a history of explorations and fur trade, 
               by Paul C. Phillips.
Published:     Denver, Col., F. A. Rosenstock, Old West Pub. Co., 1940.

Author:        Ferris, Warren Angus, 1810-1873.
Title:         Life in the Rocky Mountains : a diary of wanderings on the sources of
               the rivers Missouri, Columbia, and Colorado, 1830-1835 : with
               supplementary writings and a detailed map of the fur country / by Warren
               Angus Ferris ; edited, and with an introduction and notes by Leroy R.
               Hafen ; with a biography of Ferris by Paul C. Phillips.
Edition:       New rev. ed.
Published:     Denver, Colo. : Old West Pub. Co., 1983.  

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