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    Zebulon Pike. An Account of Expeditions to the Sources of the Mississippi, and Through the Western Parts of Louisiana, to the Sources of the Arkansaw, Kans, La Platte, and Pierre Jaun, Rivers. Philadelphia: Published by C. & A. Conrad, et al., 1810. First edition (and the only edition with the appendices). 8vo, 272; 65; 53; 87. Frontispiece is absent. Publisher's binding is worn with areas of staining; spine is cracked. Areas of staining with some waterstaining in places along the gutter. There is a hole on pages 243-244 which appears to be from burning, some of which has touched page 242. Toned and foxed throughout.

    The book includes three foldout tables and five foldout maps (with an additional one page map bringing the total to six). Texas, while not specifically named, is seen in several of the maps (particularly A Map of the Internal Provinces of New Spain) and includes the settlements of San Antonio and El Paso (labeled simply as "Norte"). Pike's account was the first complete account of Texas presented in English.

    Zebulon Pike joined his father's regiment as a cadet in 1794, earning a commission as ensign in 1799 and a first lieutenancy later that year. In 1806, Pike led what is now known as "the Pike expedition" from Fort Bellefontaine to explore the American Southwest. Ironically, Pike never successfully reached the summit of the famous peak in modern-day Colorado that bears his name. He made it as far as Mt. Rosa to the southeast of Pikes Peak, and gave up the ascent in waist-deep snow after having gone almost two days without food. Pike served with the 4th Infantry Regiment at the Battle of Tippecanoe and in New Orleans and as inspector-general during the War of 1812. Pike commanded combat troops in the successful attack on York, Ontario, on April 27, 1813. He was killed by flying rocks and other debris when the retreating British garrison blew up its ammunition.

    Reference: Streeter Texas 1047. Jenkins 163. Field 1217. Howes P373. Graff 3290. Sabin 62836. Wagner-Camp 9. Wheat Transmississippi West 297-299.


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