6 December 2013
FRÉMONT, John Charles (1813-1890). Report of an Exploration of the Country Lying Between the Missouri River and the Rocky Mountains, on the Line of the Kansas and Great Platte Rivers. 27th Congress, 3rd Session. Senate Document 243. Washington, D.C.: By Order of the United States Senate, 1843.
8o (221 x 142 mm). Leaf by Spencer and Abert communicating the report to the Senate at front. Lithographed frontispiece, 5 plates and large folding map (map with two tears repaired with tape). (Pale marginal dampstain at lower corner.) Modern maroon leather.
FIRST EDITION. "Fremont's first expedition to the Rockies was designed by his father-in-law, Sen. Thomas Hart Benton, to publicize the overland route to Oregon" (Wagner-Camp-Becker 95). Though this route was well known to fur traders at the time, it was still outside the general public's knowledge. Graff 1437; Howes F-371; Sabin 25843; Streeter sale V:3130; Wheat Mapping the Transmississippi West 464.
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