First Printed Account of the First
    Emigrant Party to Cross the Plains

    John B. Wyeth. Oregon; or a Short History of a Long Journey From the Atlantic Ocean to the Region of the Pacific, by Land. Drawn Up From the Notes and Oral Information of John B. Wyeth, One of the Party Who Left Mr. Nathaniel J. Wyeth, July 28th, 1832, Four Days' March Beyond the Ridge of the Rocky Mountains, and the Only One Who Has Returned to New England. Cambridge: Printed for John B. Wyeth, 1833. First edition. Twelvemo. 87 pages. Later three-quarter leather over marbled boards. Titles stamped in gilt on the spine. Bookplate of William H. Smith of Philadelphia on the front pastedown. Endpapers replaced when rebound. Modest shelf wear along the edges of the spine; moderate to heavy scattered foxing throughout, else very good condition.

    Howes considers this the first printed account of the first emigrant party to cross the plains. "Streeter describes the Wyeth Expedition as "that extraordinary venture by a band of hardy Yankees from Cambridge, Massachusetts who failed to get rich quick in the fur trade but who succeeded in crossing the Rocky Mountains to within 400 miles of the Pacific." (Wagner-Camp). There is no errata slip in this copy, as Howes calls for, and Wagner-Camp says that some copies were issued with one, but neither the Streeter copy, the Graff copy, or the copy in the Bancroft Library had an errata.

    References: Graff 4763; Howes W717 ("c"); Sabin 105649; Streeter 2091; Wagner-Camp 47.

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