97 [Women] Roth, Gertrude Woolley. 12,690 Miles Afoot. [N.p.: Privately printed, 1931] 8vo, original green printed wrappers, 24 pp. Very good.
First and only edition, inscribed by the author inside the front wrapper. OCLC finds three
copies, all in Southern libraries. Woolley traveled each of those miles on foot, hiking from Birmingham, Alabama, often with her son.
In the author’s words: “Each trip has been made as a result of a life long urge, for, thinking back to the age of five years, I remember how, with longing eyes, I followed my father and 17 year old sister to the door when they started out on tours to the West.” One of her hiking trips described here was across the U.S. to Wyoming and Yellowstone (described in some detail); another was to the Canadian Rockies, where near Banff, Alberta she accidently hiked near a forest fire. On the return portion of that trip they hiked down to California and across Arizona, encountering a sand storm. A brief but nearly unknown Western narrative.