Travels of Lewis & Clark
Travels of Lewis & Clark
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Travels of Lewis & Clark

FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, 1814

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Travels of Lewis & Clark
First English edition, 1814
LEWIS, Meriwether and William CLARK. Travels to the Source of the Missouri River and across the American Continent to the Pacific Ocean. Performed by Order of the Government of the United States, in the Years 1804, 1805, and 1806. London: J.G. Barnard for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1814.

First English edition of Lewis & Clark, in original boards. The first edition (see preceding lot) was published in Philadelphia in 1814. The present, first English edition was issued shortly thereafter. It was edited by Thomas Rees from the American sheets sent to him. Apart from the omission of the American preface, the appendix, and Jefferson's "Life of Captain Lewis," Rees states that, "the only liberty that has been taken with the language, has been merely the correction of a few inadvertent grammatical or typographical errors" (p. xiv). The English edition's preface by Rees does, however, include Jefferson's "Message on the Subject of this Expedition" of 19 February 1806 (pp. viii-ix) and an extract from Lewis's "Fort Mandan" letter of "17" [i.e. 7] April 1805 to Jefferson (pp. x-xii). The extraordinarily important map was printed on heavier paper in this edition, "a better printing job than the American edition" (Best of the West). Graff 2480; Howes L-317 ("b"); Sabin 40829; Wagner-Camp 13:2.

Quarto (288 x 223mm). Half-title. Folding engraved map after Clark by S. Lewis (light spotting/offsetting, minor closed tear near plate mark), 5 other engraved maps and plans on 3 plates (light spotting to engravings, light offsetting to folding map and to facing text pages). Original boards, paper printed spine label, paper edges untrimmed (sympathetically rebacked with most of backstrip preserved, wear to edges and joints). Custom half morocco clamshell box by Bayntun (light wear). Provenance: "B Society" (ownership inscription to front cover) – Frank P. Hadley (bookplate).

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