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    Edwin James. Account of the Expedition From Pittsburgh to the Rocky Mountains. London: 1823. First English edition.

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    Edwin James. Account of the Expedition From Pittsburgh to the Rocky Mountains. Performed in the Years 1819, 1820... London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1823. First English edition. Three octavo volumes. vii, [viii, blank], 1-344; vii, [viii, blank], 356; vii, [viii, blank], 347, [1, printer's note] pages. Illustrated; volume one: frontispiece in color (detached), large folding map and two illustrated plates; volume two: folding facsimile of the "Indian Record of a Battle..." and one illustrated plate; volume three: frontispiece, folding geographical chart and one illustrated plate. Half-titles present in volumes two and three. Near-contemporary brown polished calf, boards tooled in gilt, spines decoratively tooled and stamped in gilt with black and burgundy gilt-lettered morocco labels, board edges and turn-ins tooled in blind. Pages edges sprinkled black. Marbled endpapers. Bindings lightly rubbed with only occasional minor scuffs and faint mottling, light wear along board edges. Occasional light marginal soiling, fore-edge of first volume's text block discolored. Each volume cracked at B1 or B2, with each of the preceding preliminary leaves glued at gutter to strengthen, including the title pages of volumes one and two, to the frontispieces (frontispiece of volume one since detached and laid in), leaving the captions illegible. Rubber "Portico" stamp occurring at title pages, map, verso of folding plate and two of the Table of Contents pages. Bookplate in each volume. Very good.

    "The account of Long's expedition ranks alongside those of Lewis and Clark and Zebulon Pike as one of the three great classics of Western exploration. This official account was compiled by Edwin James [1797-1861], a naturalist and physician to the expedition. Major Stephen Harriman Long (1784-1864), a Dartmouth graduate and U.S. Army engineer, was sent to explore the western portions of the Louisiana Purchase and the Rocky Mountains. The expedition discovered and climbed several peaks, including Long's Peak, and explored the regions of the Platte and Arkansas River Valleys. This work, with its fine atlas, is a most valuable contribution to geographical and ethnographical literature" (Hill). Hill 877; Sabin 35683; Streeter 1784.



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