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Lewis, Meriwether, and William Clark
HISTORY OF THE EXPEDITION UNDER THE COMMAND OF CAPTAINS LEWIS AND CLARK, TO THE SOURCES OF THE MISSOURI, THENCE ACROSS THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS AND DOWN THE RIVER COLUMBIA TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN. PERFORMED DURING THE YEARS 1804-5-6.
Philadelphia: Published by Bradford and Inskeep, 1814. Two volumes. xxviii,470; ix,522pp., plus five single-page maps and the large folding map. Contemporary mottled calf, spines ruled in gilt, gilt black morocco labels. Boards lightly worn and rubbed, corners bumped, old repairs to heads of both spines. Front joint of first volume and both joints of second volume loosening. Small tear in upper outer corner of leaf 3F3 in second volume, affecting page number. Light foxing and tanning throughout. Ownership inscriptions in pencil on titlepages. Very good. In a half brown morocco and cloth slipcase and cloth chemises. The most famous of all western travel narratives, and the cornerstone of any collection of Western Americana. Described by Wagner-Camp as "the definitive account of the most important exploration of the North American continent," the book describes the expedition to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase, undertaken from 1804 to 1806 by ascending the Missouri River to its source, crossing the Rocky Mountains, and reaching the Pacific Ocean. In total, the expedition covered some eight thousand miles in slightly more than twenty-eight months. They brought back the first reliable information about much of the area they traversed, made contact with the Indian inhabitants as a prelude to the expansion of the fur trade, and advanced by a quantum leap the geographical knowledge of the continent. This official account of the expedition is as much a landmark in Americana as the trip itself. The narrative has been reprinted many times and remains a perennial Ame … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]

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