17 June 2003
GASS, Patrick (1771-1870). A Journal of the Voyages and Travels of a Corps of Discovery, under the Command of Capt. Lewis and Capt. Clarke... from the Mouth of the River Missouri through the Interior Parts of North America to the Pacific Ocean, during the Years 1804, 1805 & 1806. Pittsburgh: Printed by Zadok Cramer for David M'Keehan, 1807.
12o (172 x 101 mm). Half-title (A5). (Some browning and finger soiling, blank upper margin of I2 torn away.) Modern half morocco (a bit rubbed). Provenance: Robert Louther (stamp on title); ELLIOTT COUES (1842-1899), American naturalist and frontier historian (signature at head of Preface dated 1892; two letters from a Gass relation, R.G. Gass, tipped in at front); Kenneth Edwin McMullen (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION of the first full account by a Lewis and Clark expedition participant. Born in Pennsylvania Patrick Gass "became one of the best-known members of the expedition for several reasons: his key role as sergeant brought his name up frequently in the journals of Lewis and Clark; his account was the first to be published; he was the first to have a biography written about him; and finally, he outlived the other members of the Corps of Discovery by decades" (Wagner-Camp). Howes G77; Sabin 26741; Wagner-Camp 6:1.
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