Glendale, CA: Arthur H. Clark Company, 1988. First editions, first printings. Hardcovers. Item #26906
"Candidates for inclusion in this compendium include people no longer living... who came to attention therough the significance of their deeds or simply were of interest in some connection the the evolving drama (of the American west). Among them are explorers and discoverers, fur men, Indians and Indian agents, a few early cattlemen, travelers, military officers and soldiers, desperadoes and lawmen, scouts, buffalo hunters, renegades, early conservationists and wildlife specialists, scientists, writers, painters, photographers and illustrators, expansionists, missionaries and martyrs and those of many other callings - or none." A total of 2308 pages with index. All four volumes bound in original red cloth with lettering in gilt. Volumes I, II, and III are fine in the original fine and bright white dust jackets as issued. The spine panels of the dust jackets show the remains of adhesive from the removal of labels placed there by a previous owner. Volume IV is fine, issued without the plain white dust jacket. A very handsome set and an essential reference for the library, bookseller or collector specializing in Western American.