History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, to the Sources of the Missouri, thence across the Rocky Mountains and down the River Columbia to the Pacific Ocean. Performed during the years 1804-5-6.

Lot Number 170
Author LEWIS, MERIWETHER & WILLIAM CLARK
Title History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, to the Sources of the Missouri, thence across the Rocky Mountains and down the River Columbia to the Pacific Ocean. Performed during the years 1804-5-6.
Year Published 1814
Place Printed Philadelphia
Printed By [J. Maxwell at New York for] Bradford and Inskeep and Abm. H. Inskeep New York
Description LEWIS, MERIWETHER & WILLIAM CLARK History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, to the Sources of the Missouri, thence across the Rocky Mountains and down the River Columbia to the Pacific Ocean. Performed during the years 1804-5-6. Philadelphia: [J. Maxwell at New York for] Bradford and Inskeep and Abm. H. Inskeep, New York, 1814 2 volumes, 8vo (8 ½ x 5 ¼ in; 215 x130 mm, uncut). Engraved folding map of the route, 5 engraved plates; some mostly marginal spotting, a few quires browned, early owner's notes on pages xv, 58, 150-151, 173, arithmetic calculations in pencil on rear flyleaf of vol. 1, the map with some light spotting strengthened at left margin with tissue and with tiny fold-tear in lower margin. Publisher's cream printed boards, in a modern brown halfmorocco slipcase; backstrip ofvol.1worn, thatofvol. 2gone,covers scuffed and rubbed, edges torn, upper hinge of vol. 2 weak.
Comments PROVENANCE John R. Donnells (ms. exlibris on front pastedown and flyleaf) LITERATURE Church 1309; Graff 2477; Grolier / American 30; Howes L-317; PMM 272; Sabin 40828; Wagner-Camp-Becker 13:1 CATALOGUE NOTE First edition of the "definitive account of the most important exploration of the north american continent" (Wagner- Camp). An extraoridinary copy, uncut, in the original printed boards. The expedition was funded by Congress for the purpose of establishing trading ties with the Indians of the western region. Besides accomplishing this goal, the explorers greatly broadened the geographical knowledge of the West, and demonstrated the feasibility of transcontinental travel. The expedition made its way from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean and back between spring 1804 and fall 1806. A number of circumstances, including their appointment to official positions in the new Louisiana Territory and Lewis's mysterious death, conspired to delay the publication of the official narrative of their travels for eight years. The American edition was compiled from the Lewis and Clark journals by Paul Allen and contains a prefatory "Life of Captain Lewis" by Thomas Jefferson.
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Estimated Price USD 100,000.00 - 150,000.00
Actual Price USD 218,500.00

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Auction Date December 14, 2012 - December 14, 2012
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