21 June 2005
PALMER, Joel (1810-1881). Journal of Travels over the Rocky Mountains, to the Mouth of the Columbia River; Made During the Years 1845 and 1846: Containing Minute Descriptions of the Valleys of the Willamette, Umpqua, and Clamet; A General Description of Oregon Territory...A List of Necessary Outfits for Emigrants; and a Table of Distances from Camp to Camp on the Route. Cincinnati: J.A. & U.P. James, 1847.
12o (210 x 121 mm). Errata slip. Original brown printed wrappers (some very minor soiling, few small chips at edges); brown half morocco slipcase. Provenance: E. Morrison Woodward, Philadelphia (signature on front wrapper and front free endpaper dated 1850); Frank T. Siebert (his sale Sotheby's New York, 28 October 1999, lot 858).
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE of "the most complete description of the Oregon Trail that we now possess" (R.G. Thwaites, introduction to Early Western Travels, reprint). Field 1165; Graff 3171 ; Howes P-47 ("dd" in wrappers, "d" in calf); Mintz 357; Sabin 58358; Streeter V:3146 ("This seems to be the only narrative, by a participant, of the migration of 1845. One of the items in the appendix which begins at p.  is what must be one of the earliest printings of 'Organic Laws of Oregon (with amendments),' pp. -189"); Wagner-Camp-Becker 136:1. IN REMARKABLE ORIGINAL CONDITION.
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