[LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION]. ''Prospectus of Lewis and Clark's Tour to the Pacific Ocean, through the Interior of the Continent of North America.'' In: General Advertiser. No. 5156. Philadelphia: William Duane, Friday 24 July 1807.
[LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION]. "Prospectus of Lewis and Clark's Tour to the Pacific Ocean, through the Interior of the Continent of North America." In: General Advertiser. No. 5156. Philadelphia: William Duane, Friday 24 July 1807.
2o (514 x 331 mm). (Some light soiling.) Unbound. Provenance: J. De la Montagne (signature in upper margin).
A LENGTHY PROSPECTUS OF LEWIS AND CLARK'S NARRATIVE, filling more than three-quarters of a column. "This work will be prepared by Captain Meriwether Lewis, and will be divided into two parts, the whole comprised in three volumes octavo, the first containing at least seven hundred pages, the second and third from four to five hundred pages each, printed on good paper and a fair Pica type. The several volumes in succession will be put to press at as early a period as the avocation of the author will permit him to prepare them for publication." The prospectus states that the first part will contain a narrative of the voyage while the second would contain remarks on the geography, fur trade andwould be "embellished with twenty plates illustrative of the dress and general appearance of such Indian nations as differ materially from each other." The second part, to be contained in the third volume, was to contain the scientific research. Subscriptions were received by C. and A. Conrad and Co at 80 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia.
The now famous map is discussed in the final three paragraphs: "Embracing all their late discoveries, and that part of the continent, heretofore the least know. This Map will be compiled from the best maps now extant, as well published as in manuscript." Dimensions of five feet eight inches by three feet ten inches are proposed, considerably larger than the approximately 12 x 28 inch map printed with the first edition. Publication of Lewis's and Clark's account of the epic expedition was delayed by the appointments of both leaders to official positions in the new Louisiana Territory (Lewis as territorial Governor and Clark as Superintendent of Indian Affairs) and later by Lewis's murder or suicide in 1809. Literature of the Lewis and Clark Exhibition p.227 (July 7 printing).