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Lewis, Meriwether, and William Clark
HISTORY OF THE EXPEDITION UNDER THE COMMAND OF CAPTAINS LEWIS AND CLARK, TO THE SOURCES OF THE MISSOURI, THENCE ACROSS THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS AND DOWN TO RIVER COLUMBIA AND THE PACIFIC OCEAN, PERFORMED IN THE YEARS 1804–5–6. BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES. PHILADELPHIA: BRADFORD AND INSKEEP; AND ABM. H. INSKEEP, NEW YORK (J. MAXWELL, PRINTER), 1814
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Lewis, Meriwether, and William Clark
HISTORY OF THE EXPEDITION UNDER THE COMMAND OF CAPTAINS LEWIS AND CLARK, TO THE SOURCES OF THE MISSOURI, THENCE ACROSS THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS AND DOWN TO RIVER COLUMBIA AND THE PACIFIC OCEAN, PERFORMED IN THE YEARS 1804–5–6. BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES. PHILADELPHIA: BRADFORD AND INSKEEP; AND ABM. H. INSKEEP, NEW YORK (J. MAXWELL, PRINTER), 1814
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 75,000 USD
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Lewis, Meriwether, and William Clark
HISTORY OF THE EXPEDITION UNDER THE COMMAND OF CAPTAINS LEWIS AND CLARK, TO THE SOURCES OF THE MISSOURI, THENCE ACROSS THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS AND DOWN TO RIVER COLUMBIA AND THE PACIFIC OCEAN, PERFORMED IN THE YEARS 1804–5–6. BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES. PHILADELPHIA: BRADFORD AND INSKEEP; AND ABM. H. INSKEEP, NEW YORK (J. MAXWELL, PRINTER), 1814
2 volumes, 8vo in half-sheets (8 3/8 x 5 1/4 in.; 21.4 x 13.6 cm). Large folding engraved map after Clark by S. Harrison, 5 engraved maps and plans; folding map with short repaired marginal tear at right margin, a few other minor marginal repairs, and some pinholes at intersecting folds, usual light browning and foxing to text and other plates. Modern half brown morocco over early marbled boards, marbled endpapers, plain edges. Cloth slipcases.
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Provenance

James K. Paulding, author, naval officer, and Secretary of the Navy in President Van Buren's cabinet (signature on title-pages, with an additional gift inscription to Henry Gage in first volume) 

Neva and Guy Littell (morocco label)

Parke-Bernet, February 6, 1945, lot 645

The James S. Copley Library, Sotheby's New York, October 15, 2010, lot 733 

Literature

Church 1309; Field, Indian Bibliography 928; Graff 2477; Grolier/American 30; Printing and the Mind of Man 272; Sowerby, Library of Thomas Jefferson 4168; Schwartz & Ehrenberg, Mapping of America, pp. 227–28; Streeter sale 3:1777; Wagner-Camp 13:1

Catalogue Note

First edition of "the definitive account of the most important exploration of the North American Continent" (Wagner-Camp). The Lewis and Clark expedition was funded by Congress for the purpose of establishing trading ties with the Indians of the western region. While this goal was accomplished, the explorers also greatly expanded the geographical knowledge of the West and, perhaps most important, demonstrated the feasibility of transcontinental travel.

The expedition made its way from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean and back from spring 1804 through the fall of 1806. A myriad of circumstances—including Lewis's mysterious death—conspired to delay the publication of the official narrative of their travels for eight years, during which interval several unofficial and inaccurate accounts were published. The present edition was finally brought together from Lewis and Clark's journals by Paul Allen; Thomas Jefferson (who purchased twelve sets of the History of the Expedition) supplied a prefatory life of Lewis. Many copies were evidently issued without the large map tracing Lewis and Clark's 8000-mile trek, which is here preserved in a fine impression.

Clark's map of the region west of the Great Lakes was vastly superior to any previous western map: "The narrow single chain of mountains that characterized many earlier maps was replaced by a complex system of ranges, and the courses of the Missouri and Snake rivers were shown for the first time in their approximately correct position" (Schwartz & Ehrenberg). The five smaller maps and plans depict specific stretches of the Missouri and Columbia rivers.

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