Sketches of travels on the plains and in New Mexico. [manuscript], [1869. | Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Manuscript of Steele's "Frontier army sketches" published in 1883 by Jansen, McClurg & Co.
Title from fol. 19r: "Travels. -- Sketches of, on the plains and in New Mexico." -- Author's name from pencil note on front flyleaf recto: "Steele J.W. Army. U.S.";
Binding: Contemporary half-calf over blue cloth.
Origin: Location and date from pencil note on front flyleaf recto: "Cummings Fort January 1st 1869".
Provenance: Purchased as part of the library of Julius Doerner, 1918 (bookplate on front pastedown).
Former shelfmark: MS 917.3 St3s (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library).
Shelfmark: Urbana, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Post-1650 MS 236.
Fols. 1-23 are alternating white and green leaves; white leaves contain reference letter tabs.
Fols. 24-669 are translucent tissue paper.
Printed foliation in upper right corner beginning on fol. 24r; 110 duplicated in foliation.
Fols. 85r-128r are written in landscape format and contain a work entitledÂ 'Chiquita' from Steele's "Sketches & Stories of Frontier Life in the Old Times"--cf. MS note on fol. 85r.
Fols. 1-18, 20-23, 86 and 129-669 are blank.
Newspaper clipping with print of three birds on reverse laid-in following fol. 669; removed to item folder.
Pencil sketches of a house and insects on rear flyleaf verso.