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    Z[ebulon]. M[ontgomery]. Pike. An Account of Expeditions of the Sources of the Mississippi, and through the Western Parts of Louisiana... and a Tour through the Interior Parts of New Spain... Philadelphia: C. & A. Conrad, et al., 1810. First edition. Octavo (9 x 5.625 inches; 227 x 143 mm.). [8], 105 [106, blank], [10, charts], [107]-277, [3, blank], [2, chart], 65, [1, chart], 53, [1, blank], 87, [1, blank] pages; frontispiece portrait, with tissue guard; six maps (five of which are folding) inserted at rear; three folding charts. Late-nineteenth century green half-polished calf over paper-covered boards; spine with four raised bands, tooled in black, gilt-lettered dark red leather labels, compartments ruled and stamped in black; boards with beveled edges; top edge stained black, others untrimmed; pattered endpapers with triple flyleaves. Bookseller correspondence from 1897 (two examples) and a newspaper clipping affixed or tipped to the front flyleaves. Backstrip dulled and somewhat worn; boards rubbed with some minor bruising; board edges and corners worn, corners very slightly bent. Title-page with offsetting from frontis; page edges foxed with some occasional minor stains; text block a little tanned but the leaves are still supple. Maps worn at edges and folds with some offsetting or browning, discoloration at mounts; some with tidemarks; bookplate. Still, an honest, very good copy. A vital North American exploration narrative. Graff 3290; Howes P373 ("First government exploration of the Southwest."); Jenkins 163 ("Pike's narrative marks the beginning of serious American interest in Texas."); Sabin 62836 ("Major Pike was the first explorer under the government of the United States, of that vast portion of the republic now forming the States of Arkansas, Texas, and New Mexico."); Wagner-Camp 9. Wheat Transmississippi West 297-299.

    More Information: "Despite the popular acclaim it received, numerous grammatical and spelling errors, insufficient editing, poor organization, and a lack of scientific information marred the publication. Nevertheless, Pike's account provided an informed narrative of British fur-trading operations on the upper Mississippi, ethnographic information about numerous Plains tribes, and extensive observations about military, commercial, and political conditions in the Spanish Borderlands--key information for America to possess in order to expand its empire westward. Moreover, Pike whetted enterprising entrepreneurs' interest by expounding on the commercial potential of the fur trade of the upper Mississippi and the overland trade with Mexico. His valuable information also benefited the United States and its citizenry during Mexican Independence, the settlement of Texas, and the Mexican Revolution." -Harris and Buckley, eds. Zebulon Pike, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West. Norman: 2012. accessed online.

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