21 June 2005
FALCONER, Thomas (1805-1882). On the Discovery of the Mississippi, and on the South-Western, Oregon, and North-Western Boundary of the United States. London: Samuel Clarke, 1844.
12o (187 x 114 mm). Large engraved folding frontispiece map of North America (short tear crossing image). Near contemporary polished calf, spine gilt (joints a bit rubbed). Provenance: T. Griffin (inscription on pastedown); R.W. Nord, Everett, Washington (bookplate dated 1973, purchased from Nebenzahl).
FIRST EDITION. "Part One presents arguments for the establishment of certain western boundaries of the United States that would exclude both Texas and the country north and west of the Columbia River...Part Two...consists of 'Memoir of M. Cavelier de la Salle on an Enterprise which He Has Proposed...Respecting One of the Provinces of Mexico.' Part Three...is 'Memoir Sent in 1693 on the Discovery of the Mississippi and the Neighboring Nations by M. de la Salle..." (Wagner-Camp-Becker). See lot 242 for Kendall's Narrative of the Texan Santa Fe Expedition (ca 1847) inscribed by Falconer. Graff 1283; Howes F-16 ("Weightiest exposition of British claims to Oregon and contains the first English translation of La Salle's report and Tonty's 1693 Memoire"); Rader 1328; Sabin 23726; Wagner-Camp-Becker 106b.
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