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HEAP, Gwinn Harris (1817-1887).
Central Route to the Pacific, from the Valley of the Mississippi to California: journal of the expedition of E. F. Beale, superintendent of Indian Affairs in California, and Gwinn Harris Heap, from Missouri to California, in 1853.
Lippincott, Grambo and Co.; Trubner and Co., 1854., Philadelphia; London. 8vo. 136, 32 pp. Half-title, 13 lithographed plates (some tinted), large folding map (at rear), advertisements; occasional foxing, spine ends frayed. Original mauve blind- and gilt-stamped cloth with the publisher's device ["L G & Co"] stamped in blind on both covers. Bookplate of W. J. Holliday ["La Biblioteca del Suroeste"]. A very handsome copy, preserved in a red cloth slip-case. FIRST EDITION. There are two known issues of this work involving solely a Philadelphia imprint and this one with both the Philadelphia and London imprint. The map is most often lacking, as noted by Howes, and evident in that copies are quite rarely found in the book today. The map has special significance as the route was original and represents the first depiction of the route through the middle Rocky Mountains of what is now southern Colorado. Further, the map gives the first path through Death Valley in California. / Beale, the newly appointed Superintendent to Indian Affairs in California, was sent westward in 1853 through Missouri, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and Nevada, arriving in Los Angeles in August of that same year. "A very important narrative compiled from the journal of a participant in the E. F. Beale expedition. Wheat described it as 'a good one of its kind,' adding that it gives an 'excellent idea of the country traversed â€" some of which had not been previously been described in print.' The map, which is not found in all copies, shows the stretch from Independence to San Francisco, between the 34th and 40t … [Click Below for Full Description]
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