5 December 2008
LEWIS, Meriwether and William CLARK. History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, to the Sources of the Missouri, thence across the Rocky Mountains and down the River Columbia to the Pacific Ocean. Performed during the years 1804-5-6. Philadelphia: [by J. Maxwell at New York for] Bradford and Inskeep, 1814.
2 volumes, 8o (208 x 131 mm). 5 engraved plates and maps (lacking the large map, first plate with tear skillfully repaired on verso, some spotting). (First half of vol. 1 with gnawing to upper fore-corner, some pale dampstaining, occasional spotting and browning.) Contemporary tree calf (very skillfully rebacked to match). Provenance: W.W. Castle (pencil signature on title); ink marginalia on title and one text leaf.
FIRST EDITION OF THE "MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL OVERLAND NARRATIVES," AND THE "DEFINITIVE ACCOUNT OF THE MOST IMPORTANT EXPLORATION OF THE NORTH AMERICAN CONTINENT" (Wagner-Camp-Becker). See note to previous lot. Church 1309; Coe p.22 ("must ever remain the basis of a collection of western books"); Cohen Mapping the West 7; Graff 2477; Grolier American 30; Howes L-317; Literature of the Lewis and Clark Expedition 5a.1; PMM 272; Sabin 40828; Streeter sale III:1777; Streeter Americana Beginnings 52; Wagner-Camp-Becker 13.1; Wheat Mapping the Transmississippi West 316. (2)
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