14 June 2006
[LEWIS, Meriwether and William CLARK]. Documents Accompanying a Bill Making Compensation to Messieurs Lewis and Clark [sic], and Their Companions, Presented the 23rd January, 1807. Washington City: A. & G. Way, Printers, 1807.
8o, 8pp., plus large folding typographic table (14½ x 12 1/8 in.) signed in type at bottom by Meriwether Lewis, dated 15 January 1807. Recent half red morocco. A very fine, crisp copy.
FIRST EDITION, THE FIRST ROSTER OF THE LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION. A very rare pamphlet containing a roster of the men who carried out one of the most remarkable North American overland explorations. The folding table is headed "A Roll of the men who accompanied captains Lewis and Clarke [sic] on their late tour to the Pacific Ocean, through the interior of the continent of North America, shewing their rank, with some remarks on their respective merits and services." Disposed in four columns, its lists 29 individuals. In the column headed "Remarks" several members of the party are particularly noted, such as Nathaniel Pryor ("Deceased the 20th of August 1804; a young man of much merit..."), Joseph and Reuben Field ("two of the most active and enterprising young men who accompanied us. It was their peculiar fate to have been engaged in all the most dangerous and difficult scenes of the voyage..."), Toussaint Charbonneau ("A man of no peculier merit; was useful as an interpreter...") and George Drulyard ("A man of much merit...useful from his knowledge of the common language of gesticulation, and his uncommon skill as a hunter and woodsman..."). Also noted are Patrick Gass and Jean Baptiste Le Page. Literature of the Lewis & Clark Expedition 2c.4; Sabin 40823. Shaw & Shoemaker 13884.
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