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VOYAGE DES CAPITAINES LEWIS ET CLARKE [sic], DEPUIS L'EMBOUCHURE DU MISSOURI, JUSQU'A L'ENTREE DE LA COLUMBIA DANS L'OCEAN PACIFIQUE, FAIT DES LES ANNEES 1804, 1805 ET 1806...
Paris, 1810. xviii,443pp. plus folding map. Slightly later half calf and marbled boards, spine gilt, edges sprinkled red. Boards somewhat scuffed, moderate edge and corner wear, some worming at head of spine. Scattered contemporary manuscript annotations. Quite clean internally, with an occasional faint fox mark. About very good. Gass was one of the sergeants of the Lewis and Clark expedition. He kept a daily journal for the course of the journey, as instructed by Thomas Jefferson and Meriwether Lewis, and was thus able to publish his account only a year after the return of the expedition. His narrative was eagerly seized upon in the absence of the official report, which did not appear until 1814. This is the first French edition and the third to appear overall, after the Pittsburgh 1807 and London 1808 editions. It is the first to appear in a foreign language, and is notable for containing the J.B. Tardieu map, "Carte pour servir au Voyage des Capes. Lewis et Clarke...," the first published map to mention the expedition and show part of its route. This French edition also adds two letters of William Clark not published in other editions of Gass: that of April 2, 1805, from Fort Mandan, written to William Henry Harrison; and that of Sept. 23, 1806, written upon returning, to his brother. The second letter is listed separately in Wagner-Camp and had various periodical appearances, but first was published in book form herein. WAGNER-CAMP 6:3,4 (note). HOWES G77. GRAFF 1519. STREETER SALE 3124. SABIN 26742. WHEAT TRANSMISSISSIPPI 300. LITERATURE OF THE LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION 3.3. THWAITES, p.lxxii.
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