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HISTORY OF THE EXPEDITION UNDER THE COMMAND OF CAPTAINS LEWIS AND CLARKE 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
Dublin: J. Christie, 1817.. Two volumes. [12],xxvii,[1],588; [2],xii,[3]- 643pp. plus engraved folding map, five engraved maps and plans, and one engraved view. Later 19th- century three quarter calf over marbled boards, spine gilt, maroon gilt labels. Covers worn and soiled, spines rubbed and cracked, hinges tender. Occasional foxing and staining, otherwise internally clean. Ownership inscription on titlepage if each volume: "James Hudson, Kings Coll., Windsor." Gift inscription on verso of titlepage in first volume reads: "David and William H. Hudson, to their brother James on his going to America, June 28, 1831." A very good copy. In a half morocco and cloth box. First Dublin edition, the rarest of the early editions of the Lewis and Clark narrative. The engraved plates present here are far cleaner than encountered in the original edition, further enhanced by the presence of an additional plate depicting the principal cascades of the Missouri River. The folding map closely resembles that in the 1814 Philadelphia edition, and Coues notes that the typography and line spacing make this Dublin edition easier to read than the Philadelphia edition. This is the most famous of all western travels, 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," this work finally appeared in print nearly eight years after the journey's completion, and then with the initial help of Nicholas Biddle, and ultimately under the editorship of Paul Allen. The expedition itself, the brainchild of Thomas Jefferson, was the final grand attempt to find a water route across the continent. While the search was unsuccessful, Lewis, Clark, and their companions were the first white men to cross the western half of North America. 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. The biography of Meriwether Lewis by Thomas Jefferson was omitted from the London edition, though present in the first American printing. "Of all of the reissues this one is the best, being nearest the original, of which it is a faithful and literal reprint" - Coues. A rare copy of an early printing of the account of Lewis and Clark's expedition. Only two complete copies of the Dublin edition have been offered at auction in the last twenty-five years. WAGNER-CAMP 13:6. LITERATURE OF THE LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION 5a.6. HOWES L317, "c." GRAFF 2482. SABIN 40831.
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