3 December 2007
[LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION]. Report of the Committee of Commerce and Manufactures, who Were Instructed... 'To Enquire into the Expediency of Authorising the President of the United States to Employ Persons to Explore Such Parts of the Province of Louisiana as he May Deem Proper. 8th Congress, 1st Session, House of Representatives. [Washington, D.C.]: 8 March 1804.
8o (204 x 125 mm). 7 pages. Disbound. Provenance: Tennessee Historical Society (ink stamp in lower margin, just touching a few letters, on first text leaf).
FIRST EDITION OF THIS SCARCE LEWIS AND CLARK ITEM. Reference is made on page 4 to "two enterprising conductors of this adventure, captains Lewis and Clark," and their instruction to attempt a passage to the Pacific. It is noted that "from them on their return in 1805, a narrative full of instruction may be expected." The report recommends exploration of Arkansas, Red, Mexicano and other rivers of the Southwest VERY RARE: according to American Book Prices Current, the last copy sold at auction was sold at Sotheby's New York, 25 November 1975, lot 253. Decker 46:138 (attributing authorship to S.L. Mitchill); Graff 4371; Literature of the Lewis and Clark Expedition 2a.4; Sabin 42292; Shaw and Shoemaker 7611.
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