Report of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the Year 1842 and to Oregon and North California in the Years 1843-44

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Author: Fremont, John Charles (1813-1890)

Year: 1845

Publisher: Gales and Seaton Printers

Place: Washington, DC

Description:

693 pages 22 lithographed plates, 5 maps: [Untitled emigrant route in Bear River Valley], Beer Springs. Sheet size: 22.5 × 14.5 cm, The Great Salt-Lake. Sheet size 22.5 × 14.5 cm., [Untitled map of the crossing of the Sierra Nevada by the South Fork of the American River] [lowercenter] Lithograph by E. Weber & Co. Baltimore, Md. Sheet size: 22.5 × 64 cm. and the large Preuss map in pocket at back, appendix and index. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 6") bound in original publisher's brown cloth with gilt lettering to spine and blind-stamped decorative ruled edges. Senate Document, 28th Congress, 2nd Session, Doc. 174. (Cohen Mapping the West pp.130-133; Field 565; Graff 1436; Howes F-370; Sabin 25845; Streeter sale VI:3131; Wagner-Camp-Becker 115) First edition.

Frémont stresses the importance of Preuss's large map of the routes traversed in both expeditions: "it fills up the vast geographical chasm" between Missouri and the Columbia River. Historians ever since have warmly agreed, calling it "monumental in its breadth--a classic of exploring literature" (Goetzmann, Exploration and Empire, p.248). Wheat, in Mapping the Transmississippi West, deems it "as important a step forward from the earlier western maps...as...Pike, Long, and Lewis and Clark in their day" (p 495). first edition, senate issue, with additional scientific data not included in the House issue. Includes the report on Frémont's 1842 expedition along the Oregon Trail, as well as his second expedition concluded in 1844: "Guided by Kit Carson, Frémont proceeded down the Snake River and on down the Columbia to Fort Vancouver. Moving into northwestern Nevada, Frémont suddenly took his expedition on a rash midwinter crossing of the Sierra Nevada

Condition:

Recased with new end papers, pocket repaired, some minor wear and light foxing, corners gently bumped else a very nice copy.


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