. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1849." /> ROSS, Alexander. <I>Adventures of the First Settlers on the Oregon or Columbia River: being a Narrative of the Expedition Fitted Out by John Jacob Astor, to establish the "Pacific Fur Company"; with an account of some Indian Tribes on the Coast of the Pacific</I>. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1849. | Christie's
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    ROSS, Alexander. Adventures of the First Settlers on the Oregon or Columbia River: being a Narrative of the Expedition Fitted Out by John Jacob Astor, to establish the "Pacific Fur Company"; with an account of some Indian Tribes on the Coast of the Pacific. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1849.

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    ROSS, Alexander. Adventures of the First Settlers on the Oregon or Columbia River: being a Narrative of the Expedition Fitted Out by John Jacob Astor, to establish the "Pacific Fur Company"; with an account of some Indian Tribes on the Coast of the Pacific. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1849.

    8o (197 x 123 mm). Folding lithographed map. Original brown cloth (spine slightly darkened). Provenance: Frederick V. Holman (bookplate).

    FIRST EDITION, with 16 pp. advertisements at end dated February 1849; without colored frontispiece mentioned in Howes ("in few copies"). Considered by Elliott Coues to be one of the three "synoptical gospels" of the Astoria enterprise (along with the narratives of Gabriel Franchere [see lot 89] and Ross Cox). Alexander Ross came to Astoria at the beginning and his narrative includes a general account of the venture, the overland expedition, the geography and the native tribes. Sabin 73326; Graff 3576; Howes R-448; Wagner-Camp-Becker 172.


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