TOME, Philip (1782-1855)
Pioneer Life; or, Thirty Years a Hunt. Being Scenes and Adventures in the Life of Philip Tome, Fifteen Years Interpreter for Cornplanter and Gov. Blacksnake Chiefs on the Allegany River
Buffalo: for the Author, 1854. 12mo. viii, -238pp., including full-page woodcut frontispiece of an eight-point buck by Wightman.
Publisher's brown cloth, covers blocked in blind, upper cover lettered in gilt
Provenance: Charles Prescott (early signature)
First edition: a scarce early work on frontier life.
"A remarkable and accurate account of hunting elk, deer, bears, wolves, trapping and fishing from 1791 to about 1825, in the counties of Lycoming and those adjacent and in Warren County, Pa. Much Indian material in the book" (Phillips). A very rare book. "Charles Sheldon had a note in his copy reading 'This is one of the prize books in my library. At present, June 10, 1914, it is the only known copy.' Whitman Bennett...describes it as 'extraordinarily rare, especially in original condition'" (Streeter). Graff also had a copy, and he remarks, "Tome's association with Cornplanter was particularly interesting; his volume is an important account of pioneer life in the Old West." Tome was born in 1782 and grew up on the Pennsylvania frontier. Much of this book is concerned with his hunting and association with the Indians in western Pennsylvania and New York from the 1790s to the 1820s.
Howes T288; Streeter sale 4088; Graff 4162; Henderson, p. 179; Phillips, American Sporting Books, p. 377; Siebert sale 243.