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Pike, Z[ebulon] M[ontgomery]
An Account of Expeditions to the Sources of the Mississippi, and through the Western Parts of Louisiana, to the Sources of the Arkansaw, Kans, La Platte, and Pierre Jaun, Rivers; performed by Order of the Government of the United States during the Years 1805, 1806, and 1807.
Philadelphia: John Binns, 1810. Folding maps and folding charts are present in facsimile. Owned by Marinus Willett Pike, a first cousin of Zebulon Pike, with his contemporary ownership signature at the top of two preliminary pages. Basic Texas Books 163: "The beginning of serious interest in Texas." Streeter Texas 1047: "Pike's account of the journey and of the week he spent in San Antonio, where he was handsomely entertained by the Spanish officials, makes interesting reading." Streeter p. 328, citing the book as "especially desirable for a Texas collection." "Its early date and its writer make it a foundation piece.... The account of Texas in the appendix to Pike is the first, in English, for Texas as a whole. Three of its maps show Texas." "Pike journeyed across Texas in 1807 and his description of the country is excellent and among the earliest." - Eberstadt, Texas 162:603. "Spanish authorities learned of his presence and sent a force to arrest him and his men. They were taken to Santa Fe and then sent on to Chihuahua. Pike's maps and papers were confiscated, but he managed to retain his diary and journals by secreting them in the gun barrels of his men. Apparently he was able to convince the Spaniards that he had entered New Spain by accident, as he was escorted by armed guard through Texas via San Antonio to the Sabine, where he was released. He arrived at Natchitoches in June, 1807, having thus had the opportunity to examine New Mexico and Texas in some detail, at the expense of the Spanish government." - Jenkins, Basic Texas Books. In the hierarchy of significant we … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: WILLIAM ALLISON BOOKS [United States]
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