One of the Rarest Works on
[Zebulon Montgomery Pike]. An Account of a Voyage Up
the Mississippi River, From St. Louis to Its Source; Made Under the
Orders of the War Department, by Lieut. Pike, of the United States
Army, in the Years 1805 and 1806. Compiled From Pike's
Journal. [Washington: 1807?]. First edition. Octavo.
[1 title], [2 blank] -68 pages. Large folding map: "Map of the
Mississippi River, From Its Source to the Mouth of the Missouri" by
Nicholas King (approximately 29" x 10.5"). Modern polished calf,
ruled in gilt, with gilt-lettered spine. Map slightly soiled with
some trivial pin-point holes in the folds and some chipping along
the outer edge, else a very good copy of this extremely rare
The record of Pike's failed attempt to find the source of the Mississippi, printed by order of Secretary of War Dearborn and distributed to members of Congress to further public information about the recent Louisiana Purchase. One of the rarest works of western exploration, this publication precedes Pike's better known volume by three years. Only a few copies are known and many of these lack the map. "Generally thought to have been compiled [from Pike's MS journal] by Dr. Samuel L. Mitchell, but more probably the work of Nicholas King." (Howes).
References: Graff 3289; Howes P372; Sabin 62835; Streeter 1774; Wagner-Camp 6A.
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