KEATING, William H. (1799-1840). Narrative of an Expedition to the Source of St. Peter's River, Lake Winnepeek, Lake of the Woods, &c, &c. Performed in the Year 1823, by the Order of the Hon. J.C. Calhoun, Secretary of War, under the command of Stephen H. Long. Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1824.
2 volumes, 8o (232 x 146 mm). Half-titles. Folding engraved map of the expedition (semicircular renewed section near gutter with loss of some image), 15 engraved plates. (Half-title and flyleaf in vol. 1 with lower halves renewed not affecting text, repaired tear crossing text on 22/1, foxed.) Original boards, uncut (rebacked preserving original printed paper labels (labels rubbed, some spotting); cloth slipcase. Provenance: E.P. Livingston (signatures on flyleaves); Mary Livingston Clarkson (signatures dated 1850 on pastedowns).
FIRST EDITION OF THE PRIMARY WORK ON LONG'S SECOND EXPEDITION Keating was the geologist and historian for Long's second expedition, exploring the headwaters of the Mississippi. "The work is almost a cyclopaedia of material, relating to the Indians of the explored territory..." (Field). It includes vocabularies of several tribes. The plates, engraved by Hill after the drawings of Samuel Seymour, illustrate scenes and Indians on the upper Mississippi. The map depicts the Great Lakes, the headwaters of the Mississippi and the Red River of the North, with the river origins and the complicated hydrography of Wisconsin, Minnesota and the border area rendered in far greater detail than ever before. Botanical collections relating to this expedition were made by the distinguished naturalist, Thomas Say. It was proposed that Thomas Nuttal write the descriptions, but in his absence the taks became the responsibility of Lewis David van Schweinitz, with his work appearing in the appendix of the second volume. American Imprints 16763; Field 949; Graff 2280; Howes K-20; Pilling 2066, 2494; Sabin 37137; Stafleu & Cowan 3560; Wagner-Camp-Becker 26b:1. (2)