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Lewis, Meriwether, and William Clark]: Fisher, William, compiler
NEW TRAVELS AMONG THE INDIANS OF NORTH AMERICA; BEING A COMPILATION, TAKEN PARTLY FROM THE COMMUNICATIONS ALREADY PUBLISHED, OF CAPTAINS LEWIS AND CLARK TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES; AND PARTLY FROM OTHER AUTHORS WHO TRAVELLED AMONG THE VARIOUS TRIBES OF INDIANS.WITH A DICTIONARY OF THE INDIAN TONGUE
Philadelphia: James Sharan, 1812. 300pp. plus two portraits. Contemporary calf, rebacked, gilt leather label. Corners heavily worn, boards scuffed. Light to moderate toning and soiling throughout. Good. The second American printing of the so-called "Apocrypha edition" of Lewis and Clark, bearing the name of compiler William Fisher on the titlepage. In response to the growing curiosity of the public regarding the findings of Lewis and Clark, and the delay in publication of the "authorized account" of their expedition, this compilation of bits and pieces from already published works appeared (culled from Gass, Clark, Mackenzie, Carver, and Jefferson's Message of 1806), misleading the reader into believing it was the account sanctioned by the government and containing all the information gathered during the journey. Howes calls this the "spurious" edition, while Sabin states it contains material not published in any other edition. The work originally appeared in Philadelphia and London in 1809, followed by German printings in 1811 and 1812. A Baltimore edition also appeared in 1812, but Howes gives precedence to the Philadelphia printing. Howes mentions that some copies of this work contain a second titlepage, as in the present copy. WAGNER-CAMP 8:6. SABIN 24509. RADER 1397. HOWES F153a, "aa." PILLING, PROOF-SHEETS 1297.
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]

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