Central Route to the Pacific, from the Valley of the Mississippi to

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HEAP, Gwin Harris. Central Route to the Pacific, from the Valley of the Mississippi to California: Journal of the Expedition of E.F. Beale.In 1853. Philadelphia, 1854. 136pp. plus thirteen handsome lithographed plates(some tinted) and 32pp. of ads, and the folding map. Half title. Original blindstamped cloth. A fresh, very good copy. Howes H-378, "b." Mintz 562. Sabin 31175. Wagner-Camp 235. Flake 3934. Rittenhouse 290. Wheat Transmississippi 808. Streeter Sale 3177. Beale and Heap were greatly influenced by Senator Benton in their choice of a route across Colorado and Nevada. The party travelled from Westport(Kansas City) southwest on the Santa Fe trail to Ben's Fort, then to the short -lived Fort Massachusetts, the Rio Grande Valley, the Grand River and then to the Uncompahgre. They returned to Taos for supplies, and then continued southwest via Utah to California. The map, which is present here, was issued with only a few copies. Wheat lauds the map and spends several pages discussing the journey, saying that it has received less attention than it deserves. He notes that it is the earliest published map to show the middle Rocky Mountain region, through what is now southern Colorado, the first to depict several streams and rivers, and the first attempt to chart a route through Death Valley. This book is one of the first detailed examinations of the "Central Route" from Missouri to the Pacific, and a basic piece of Western Americana.--Cowan, p.273. Bookseller Inventory #

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Heap, Gwin Harris:
Published by Philadelphia; London: Lippincott, Grambo and Co.; Trübner and Co., 1854. (1854)
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Book Description Philadelphia; London: Lippincott, Grambo and Co.; Trübner and Co., 1854., 1854. 136pp. plus thirteen lithographed plates (some tinted), folding map, and 46pp. of advertisements. Original green publisher's cloth, spine gilt, boards stamped in blind, and publisher's patterned endpapers with advertisements. Corners a bit worn, boards slightly rubbed. Map with a few minor creases and an occasional faint fox mark. Light tanning, but overall internally clean. Very good plus. E.F. Beale and Gwin Heap were greatly influenced by Senator Benton in their choice of a route across Colorado and Nevada. The party travelled from Westport (Kansas City) southwest on the Santa Fe trail to Bent's Fort, then to the short-lived Fort Massachusetts, the Rio Grande Valley, the Grand River, and then to the Uncompahgre. They returned to Taos for supplies, then continued southwest via Utah to California. The map, which is present here, was issued with only a few copies. Wheat lauds the map and spends several pages discussing the journey, saying that it has received less attention than it deserves. He notes that it is the earliest published map to show the middle Rocky Mountain region, through what is now southern Colorado; the first to depict several streams and rivers; and the first attempt to chart a route through Death Valley. This book is one of the first detailed examinations of the "Central Route" from Missouri to the Pacific, and a basic piece of Western Americana. This scarce issue of the first edition with the addition of a London imprint on the title below the Philadelphia one, evidently intended for export, is unrecorded by Wagner-Camp and others. COWAN, p.273. HOWES H378, "b." MINTZ 562. SABIN 31175. WAGNER-CAMP 235. FLAKE 3934. RITTENHOUSE 290. WHEAT TRANSMISSISSIPPI 808. STREETER SALE 3177. (all refs). Bookseller Inventory # WRCAM 51693A

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Book Description Philadelphia. 1854., 1854. 136pp. plus thirteen handsome lithographed plates (some tinted) and 46pp. of ads, and a folding map. Half title. Original cloth, stamped in blind. Cloth faded, neatly rebacked with original spine laid down. Map neatly backed by lightweight linen. Small tear in lower edge of front free endpaper. An occasional light fox mark, but quite clean internally. Very good. In a cloth slipcase. This copy bears the ownership signature of John Russell Bartlett on the titlepage. Bartlett was a bookseller in New York in the 1830s and 1840s, and then was appointed to survey the boundary between the United States and Mexico in the early 1850s. He published his own PERSONAL NARRATIVE., describing his experiences in the West in 1854, and went on to become Secretary of State of Rhode Island, and produced valuable bibliographies relating to that state and the private library of John Carter Brown. The present copy of Heap's work is odd for having forty- six pages of advertisements at the end, more than the usual complement of thirty-two. E.F. Beale and Gwin Heap were greatly influenced by Senator Benton in their choice of a route across Colorado and Nevada. The party travelled from Westport (Kansas City) southwest on the Santa Fe trail to Bent's Fort, then to the short-lived Fort Massachusetts, the Rio Grande Valley, the Grand River, and then to the Uncompahgre. They returned to Taos for supplies, and then continued southwest via Utah to California. The map, which is present here, was issued with only a few copies. Wheat lauds the map and spends several pages discussing the journey, saying that it has received less attention than it deserves. He notes that it is the earliest published map to show the middle Rocky Mountain region, through what is now southern Colorado, the first to depict several streams and rivers, and the first attempt to chart a route through Death Valley. This book is one of the first detailed examinations of the "Central Route" from Missouri to the Pacific, and a basic piece of Western Americana. COWAN, p.273. HOWES H378, "b." MINTZ 562. SABIN 31175. WAGNER-CAMP 235. FLAKE 3934. RITTENHOUSE 290. WHEAT TRANSMISSISSIPPI 808. STREETER SALE 3177. Bookseller Inventory # WRCAM 373H

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