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Pike, Zebulon
AN ACCOUNT OF EXPEDITIONS TO THE SOURCES OF THE MISSISSIPPI, AND THROUGH THE WESTERN PARTS OF LOUISIANA, TO THE SOURCES OF ARKANSAW, KANS, LA PLATTE, AND PIERRE JUAN, RIVERS;... PHILADELPHIA: PUBLISHED BY C. & A. CONRAD; SOMERVELL & CONRAD,.. 1810
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Pike, Zebulon
AN ACCOUNT OF EXPEDITIONS TO THE SOURCES OF THE MISSISSIPPI, AND THROUGH THE WESTERN PARTS OF LOUISIANA, TO THE SOURCES OF ARKANSAW, KANS, LA PLATTE, AND PIERRE JUAN, RIVERS;... PHILADELPHIA: PUBLISHED BY C. & A. CONRAD; SOMERVELL & CONRAD,.. 1810
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Pike, Zebulon
AN ACCOUNT OF EXPEDITIONS TO THE SOURCES OF THE MISSISSIPPI, AND THROUGH THE WESTERN PARTS OF LOUISIANA, TO THE SOURCES OF ARKANSAW, KANS, LA PLATTE, AND PIERRE JUAN, RIVERS;... PHILADELPHIA: PUBLISHED BY C. & A. CONRAD; SOMERVELL & CONRAD,.. 1810
8vo (9 x 5 1/2 ins.; 25 x 140 mm). Stipple-engraved frontispiece portrait of Pike by Edwin, 6 engraved maps and charts (5 folding, one on two joined sheets), 3 folding letterpress tables; maps linen-backed with some light offsetting, text with stray spots to a few leaves only. Excellent to style marbled gilt calf, red morocco label.
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Literature

Field 1217; Howes P373; Graff 3290; Streeter Texas 1047; Sabin 62836; Wagner-Camp 9; Wheat, Transmississippi West 297-299

Catalogue Note

FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST GOVERNMENT EXPLORATION OF THE SOUTHWEST. The maps were the first to describe the terrain of the Southwest based on first-hand accounts and are considered "milestones in the mapping of the American West" (Wheat). Setting out from St. Louis in 1806, Pike and his party proceeded overland to Arkansas, Kansas, and Colorado (failing to reach the summit of the Peak that now carries his name), before falling into the hands of the Spanish authorities and being escorted to Santa Fe, and then to Louisiana. He provides the first account in English of Texas as a whole and his very detailed information on the local Spanish government proved influential for federal territorial ambition. Three of the maps show Texas. Pike's narrative stands with those of Lewis and Clark as A CORNERSTONE OF WESTERN AMERICANA.

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