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LEWIS, Meriwether and CLARK, William.

Published by New Amsterdam Book Company,, NY: (1902)

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About this Item: New Amsterdam Book Company,, NY:, 1902. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Complete in three volumes. Folded map in rear pocket of Volume III. First edition thus. Duodecimos. Moderate shelf wear and age darkening to boards, a few tiny holes along the front joint of the first volume, else each volume is very good in cream cloth with red lettering and black decorations, top edges gilt. No dust jackets. B01KS4THSS. Seller Inventory # 84546

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HISTORY OF THE EXPEDITION UNDER THE COMMAND: Meriwether Lewis |

About this Item: Bradford and Inskeep, New York, 1814. Full Leather. Condition: Very Good binding. First Edition. First Edition. A clean copy of Volume I only. Sabin notes that this is the best edition of this valuable work, which "exhibits not only some valuable geographical notices, but very copious and amazing details, respecting the manners, habits, and diversion of the North American tribes" (Sabin 40828). Mr. Allen has used his own name as the editor of this edition, when, in fact, the work was done primarily by Mr. Nicholas Biddle from the material left by Captain Lewis after his supposed suicide. One of only 1,417 copies. "According to Coues, who says in the bibliographical introduction of his edition of 1893, 'The map is gone from many if not most of the copies of the book now extant . . . [It] was not inserted in all copies of the original edition'" (Streeter 1777). Contain both black and white map plates, but not the elusive fold-out map frontispiece. Rebacked preserving most of the original spine and the morocco label. Page 9/10 is loose, but still attached near the bottom edge. Previous owner's blindstamp on the title page, effecting the publication information. (Sabin, 40828. Streeter, 1777. Howes, L-317. Church, 1309. Grolier Club, One Hundred American Books Before 1900; 30. Graff, 2478.). Very Good binding. Seller Inventory # 282978

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Lewis, Meriwether, William Clark, and Paul Allen (ed.)

Published by Philadelphia, PA: Bradford and Inskeep (1814)

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About this Item: Philadelphia, PA: Bradford and Inskeep, 1814. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 8vo. 522pp. Leather binding. Boards rubbed and scuffed. Gilt bands on spine with red title. Pencil markings/marginalia on endpapers and sparsely throughout text. Dampstaining to foot of text block along hinge for first 200 or so pages. Text block foxed and toned. Includes bound illustrated maps, but not the larger fold out map. Note, this is for Vol. II only. Three pages from the appendix are missing. This is the true first Biddle-Allen edition of Lewis and Clark's published journals from their famous expedition. The journals were published almost 8 years after their return. After Lewis's death in 1809, Nicholas Biddle and in turn Paul Allen took over the editing. This volume has been professionaly restored by a local bindery. Please contact us if you would like additional photos or information about the restoration work done. First edition, from a limited edition of 1,417 copies. Seller Inventory # 2014

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History of the Expedition under the command: LEWIS & CLARK.

LEWIS & CLARK.

Published by Philadelphia: Bradford and Inskeep and New York: Abm. H. Inskeep, 1814. (1814)

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About this Item: Philadelphia: Bradford and Inskeep and New York: Abm. H. Inskeep, 1814., 1814. 2 volumes, 8vo., (8 ¾ x 5 ½ inches). (Volume two lacking the first few leaves including title page; browned and spotted throughout as usual). 5 fine engraved full-page maps (torn, affecting the images; spotting). Contemporary full brown sheep, black sheep lettering pieces gilt on spines (hinges weakened, generally a bit worn). Provenance: Contemporary manuscript inscription "Williamstown Library" in each volume. First edition. This copy without the folding map. Including a "Life of Captain Lewis" by President Jefferson, who commissioned the expedition. Funded by Congress, this was in effect the first exploration officially sponsored by the Federal government. Setting out from St. Louis in May 1804, crossing the continent and covering 8000 miles over two and a half years, Lewis and Clark established a route to the mouth of the Columbia River across the Rocky Mountains. However it would be nearly ten years before publication of an official account of the expedition by Lewis and Clark appeared. "History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark" was pre-empted by unofficial accounts and beset by setbacks, not the least of which was their respective appointments to official positions in the new Louisiana Territory as territorial Governor and Superintendent of Indian Affairs; the inefficiency of Benjamin Smith Barton in collating the specimens collected by the Corps of Discovery, and Frederick Pursh's in compiling the information; the tragic death in 1809 of Lewis by murder or suicide; and the financial troubles and eventual bankruptcy of the intended publisher C. and A. Conrad and Co. In 1810 Nicholas Biddle was commissioned to "work with [Clark's] journals and field notes to craft a narrative of exploration and travel" and at last a flowing narrative began to emerge (Beckham, "The Literature of the Lewis and Clark Expedition" pp. 148-154). Church 1309; Coe p. 22 ("must ever remain the basis of a collection of western books"); Cohen "Mapping the West" 7; Graff 2477; Grolier "American" 30; Howes L-317; "PMM" 272; Sabin 40828; Streeter sale III:1777; Streeter "Americana Beginnings" 52; Wagner-Camp-Becker 13.1; Wheat "Mapping the Transmississippi West" 316. Seller Inventory # 72MMS322

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History of the Expedition Under the Command: Lewis, Meriwether (1774-1809)

Lewis, Meriwether (1774-1809) and Clark, William (1770-1838)

Published by Bradford and Inskeep, Philadelphia (1814)

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About this Item: Bradford and Inskeep, Philadelphia, 1814. Full-Leather. First Edition. Two volumes, octavo (8 1/2" x 5 1/2"); xxviii[470]; ix[1]522 pages. Original publisher's tree sheep, red leather lettering pieces on spines. With the large engraved FOLDING MAP from an early printing (1842, which is the second earliest map available only after the 1817 Dublin edition), as well as the eastern one fifth of the original map, and 5 engraved plans and charts. An exceptional copy, larger than usual with wider margins; internally very good, with minimal browning and foxing; expertly rebacked with original spine and labels laid on. Short closed marginal tear, volume I, page 61 and 119 and volume II, page 201, none affecting text. The folding map was not issued with all copies and actually was separately priced, nearly as much as the book. Thomas Jefferson had first proposed exploring the west to George Rogers Clark in 1783. The Louisiana Purchase of 1803 spurred Jefferson to implement his idea - Lewis and Clark covered nearly 8 thousand miles in just over 28 months. Their hope was to find a water route across the continent, but they did not. "The definitive account of the most important exploration of the North American continent." (Wagner-Camp 13, Howes L-317). Seller Inventory # 7439

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History of the Expedition under the Command: Lewis, Meriwether &
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About this Item: Bradford & Inskeep, 1814. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 2 volumes, 8vo. Roughly contemporary (though probably 1830's) ½ calf with marbled boards and leather spine labels. 6 maps, including the large folding map. The large map, not issued in all copies, has been backed on rice paper with small areas of loss at the leftmost fold supplied in expert facsimile. Spines repaired, hinges rubbed, foxed, marginal dampstaining. Modern cloth box. Ownership signatures in both volumes of Alexander R. Holladay, 2-term (1849-53) congressman from Virginia. The books have been trimmed at the edges as the ownership signatures are trimmed. FIRST EDITION OF THE "MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL OVERLAND NARRATIVES," AND THE "DEFINITIVE ACCOUNT OF THE MOST IMPORTANT EXPLORATION OF THE NORTH AMERICAN CONTINENT" (Wagner-Camp), including a prefatory "Life of Captain Lewis" by President Jefferson. The expedition, commissioned by Jefferson and funded by Congress in early 1803 (it cost all of 2,500 dollars), was the first exploration officially sponsored by the Federal government. The acquisition of Louisiana Territory, finalized in December of the same year, increased the importance and urgency of the expedition, which set out from St. Louis in May 1804 and covered 8000 miles in the next 2 years, crossing the Rocky Mountains and reaching the mouth of the Columbia River before returning by the same route. The extremely accurate and detailed map, based on Clark's manuscript, was termed by Wheat the "master map of the American West" (quoted in Cohen). The remarkable cartographic achievement, perhaps even more than the written account of the journey, served to impel and motivate the nation's inexorable westward expansion. Publication of Lewis's and Clark's account of the epic expedition was delayed by the appointments of both leaders to official positions in the new Louisiana Territory (Lewis as territorial Governor and Clark as Superintendent of Indian Affairs), and later by Lewis's murder or suicide in 1809. This "most important of all overland narratives" (Grolier) was finally brought to press but a high proportion of the copies issued in this first printing, which is replete with errors, apparently lacked the folding map or were otherwise defective. Church 1309; Coe p.22 ("must ever remain the basis of a collection of western books"); Cohen Mapping the West 7; Graff 2477; Grolier American 30; Howes L317; PMM 272; Sabin 40828; Streeter sale III:1777; Streeter Americana Beginnings 52; Wagner-Camp-Becker 13.1; Wheat (Transmississippi West) 316. Seller Inventory # 003077

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LEWIS, Meriwether (1774-1809) and CLARK, William (1770-1838).

Published by Philadelphia: [by J. Maxwell at New York for] Bradford and Inskeep, 1814. (1814)

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About this Item: Philadelphia: [by J. Maxwell at New York for] Bradford and Inskeep, 1814., 1814. Original Wraps. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Two volumes, 8vo (9 x 5.7 in). Large folding engraved "Map of Lewis and Clark's Track Across the Western Portion of North America" (28.3 x 12 in) engraved by Samuel Harrison after Clark, 5 other engraved plates and maps (map silked on verso; title of vol. 1 stained, some foxing.) Original printed boards, uncut (spines partly perished, wear and rubbing to boards with some loss of text, inner hinges reinforced repairing a few tears); housed in slipcase. FIRST EDITION UNCUT IN ORIGINAL BOARDS OF THE MOST IMPORTANT EXPLORATION OF THE NORTH AMERICAN CONTINENT (WAGNER-CAMPBECKER). The expedition, commissioned by Jefferson and funded by Congress in early 1803 (it cost all of $2,500), was the first exploration officially sponsored by the Federal government. The acquisition of Louisiana Territory, finalized in December of the same year, increased the importance and urgency of the expedition, which set out from St. Louis in May 1804 and covered 8000 miles in the next 2½ years, crossing the Rocky Mountains and reaching the mouth of the Columbia River before returning by the same route. The extremely accurate and detailed map, based on Clark's manuscript, was termed by Wheat the "master map of the American West" (quoted in Cohen). The remarkable cartographic achievement, perhaps even more than the written account of the journey, served to impel and motivate the nation's inexorable westward expansion. Publication of Lewis's and Clark's account of the epic expedition was delayed by the appointments of both leaders to official positions in the new Louisiana Territory (Lewis as territorial Governor and Clark as Superintendent of Indian Affairs), and later by Lewis's murder or suicide in 1809. This "most important of all overland narratives" (Grolier) was finally brought to press on 20 February 1814 but a high proportion of the copies issued in this first printing, which is replete with errors, apparently lacked the folding map or were otherwise defective. Though 2,000 copies were printed, only 1,417 perfect copies were put out for sale at that date, according to Coues. Church 1309; Coe p.22 ("must ever remain the basis of a collection of western books"); Cohen Mapping the West 7; Graff 2477; Grolier American 30; Howes L-317; Literature of the Lewis and Clark Expedition 5a.1; PMM 272; Sabin 40828; Streeter sale III:1777; Streeter Americana Beginnings 52; Wagner-Camp-Becker 13.1; Wheat Mapping the Transmississippi West 316. Book. Seller Inventory # 72NZ186

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