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GASS, Patrick (1771-1870).

Published by Pittsburgh: David McKeehan; London, reprinted for J. Budd, 1808. (1808)

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Item Description: Pittsburgh: David McKeehan; London, reprinted for J. Budd, 1808., 1808. 8vo., (8 4/8 x5 inches). (Lower blank margin of title-page and page 9 renewed, fore-edge of last page of text strengthened on verso). Contemporary tree calf, gilt (rebacked to style, a bit scuffed). First London edition, first published in Pittsburgh in 1807, and the first published account of the celebrated Lewis and Clark expedition, illustrated by and annotated throughout by Barton, an influential force on the Lewis and Clark expedition. "Sergeant Patrick Gass outlived every person who served on the Lewis and Clark expedition whose fate is known. He is distinguished also for being the first from the expedition to publish an account of the trip. Having lived so long, Gass is one of the best known of the expedition's enlisted men and has had more written about him than any other man in the Corps of Discovery, except for the two captains" (DANB). Field 595; Graff 1517; Howes G77; Literature of the Lewis and Clark Expedition 3.2; Sabin 26741; Wagner-Camp 6:2. Catalogued by Kate Hunter. Bookseller Inventory # 72lib604

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GASS, Patrick.

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Item Description: 1811. GASS, Patrick. Journal of the Voyages and Travels of A Corps of Discovery, Under the Cpommand of Capt. Lewis and Capt. Clarke[sic].During the Years 1804, 1805, and 1806.Philadelphia: Printed for Matthew Carey, 1811. 262pp. plus six plates including frontispiece. Contemporary calf, spine label. Boards and spine worn slightly, hinges expertly repaired. Remnants of red wax on front and rear pastedowns (perhaps originally used to secure paper wrapper for binding?). Mid-19th- century ownership inscription of Joseph E. Smith, 1847, on front free endpaper, additional ink inscription on front pastedown. Slight agetoning and soiling. A good copy. SABIN 26741. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 22891. WAGNER-CAMP 6:6. HOWES G77. GRAFF 1520. LITERATURE OF THE LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION 3.6. Third American edition, after the first of 1807, of the first published first-hand account of the Lewis and Clark expedition. The illustrations, first published by Matthew Carey in an edition issued in two states the previous year, are evidently based on the observations of a member of the party, and are the only extant illustrations of the famous journey. Gass was a sergeant who was charged, by order of Lewis and at the insistence of Jefferson, with keeping a journal, and this book seems closely based on that document. "One of the essential books for an Americana collection" - Streeter, describing the first edition. This edition, based on the experience of several veteran dealers, is the rarest. Bookseller Inventory # 48574

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A JOURNAL OF THE VOYAGES AND TRAVELS: LEWIS AND CLARK).

Item Description: Printed by Zadok Cramer, for David M'Keehan, Pittsburgh, 1807. FIRST EDITION. 170 x 105 mm. (6 1/8 x 4 1/8"). 262 pp. FIRST EDITION. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards, flat spine divided into panels by double gilt rules, gilt titling. With ink inscriptions of several 19th century owners on title page. Graff 1516; Howes G-77; Sabin 26741; Wagner-Camp 6:1. Front joint cracked but not at all wobbly, extremities a bit rubbed, text rather browned and foxed due to poor paper quality, otherwise a very good copy with no significant defects. This is the first appearance of the first published account of the Lewis and Clark expedition, described by Streeter as "one of the essential books for an Americana collection." A carpenter by training, Gass was in charge of constructing winter accommodations for the party, and his knowledge of building informs his observations here about forts and native architecture. This account was based on journals the sergeant kept during the explorations, and it was an immediate success with a public hungry for information about the western frontier. By the time the official account of Captains Lewis and Clark appeared in 1814, Gass's journal had appeared in multiple editions published as far away as London, Paris, and Weimar. Wagner-Camp observes that Gass "became one of the best-known members of the expedition for several reasons: his key role as sergeant brought his name up frequently in the journals of Lewis and Clark; his account was the first to be published; he was the first to have a biography written about him; and finally, he outlived the other members of the Corps of Discovery by decades," dying in 1870, at the age of 99. This is the first appearance of the first published account of the Lewis and Clark expedition, described by Streeter as "one of the essential books for an Americana collection." A carpenter by training, Gass was in charge of constructing winter accommodations for the party, and his knowledge of building informs his observations here about forts and native architecture. This account was based on journals the sergeant kept during the explorations, and it was an immediate success with a public hungry for information about the western frontier. By the time the official account of Captains Lewis and Clark appeared in 1814, Gass's journal had appeared in multiple editions published as far away as London, Paris, and Weimar. Wagner-Camp observes that Gass "became one of the best-known members of the expedition for several reasons: his key role as sergeant brought his name up frequently in the journals of Lewis and Clark; his account was the first to be published; he was the first to have a biography written about him; and finally, he outlived the other members of the Corps of Discovery by decades," dying in 1870, at the age of 99. Bookseller Inventory # CFB1712

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LEWIS, Meriwether (1774-1809) and William CLARK (1770-1838)]. GASS, Patrick (1771-1870).

Published by Pittsburgh: Printed by Zadok Cramer for David M'Keehan, 1807. (1807)

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Item Description: Pittsburgh: Printed by Zadok Cramer for David M'Keehan, 1807., 1807. 12mo., (6 5/8 x 4 1/8 inches). Half-title [A3] bound as page [ix] after the Preface (some light browning, washed). FINE modern purple calf, gilt by Sangorski and Sutcliffe (spine slightly faded). Provenance: with the small library label of Wolfgang A. Herz, his sale "Important Voyages and Travels", 9th December 2010, lot 214. "WE HAVE ENCOURAGED OUR MEN TO KEEP JOURNALS, AND SEVEN OF THEM DO SO, TO WHOM IN THIS RESPECT WE GIVE EVERY ASSISTANCE IN OUR POWER" (Lewis, letter to Jefferson 7 April 1805). First edition. The first full published account of the Corps of Discovery by a member of the expedition, Patrick Gass, who "became one of the best-known members of the expedition for several reasons: his key role as sergeant brought his name up frequently in the journals of Lewis and Clark; his account was the first to be published; he was the first to have a biography written about him; and finally, he outlived the other members of the Corps of Discovery by decades" (Wagner-Camp-Becker 6:1). "Although [Gass's Journal] lacked the insight, reflection, and depth of geographic, ethnographic, diplomatic, and scientific observations penned by Lewis and Clark, it and Jefferson's Message from the President were the only accounts available for seven years to describe the expedition's adventures" (Beckham, p. 89). "Sergeant Patrick Gass outlived every person who served on the Lewis and Clark expedition whose fate is known. Having lived so long, Gass is one of the best known of the expedition's enlisted men and has had more written about him than any other man in the Corps of Discovery, except for the two captains" (DANB). Beckham The Literature of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, pp 89-90, 3.1; Graff 1516; Howes G-77; Sabin 26741; Shaw 12646; Smith 3465. Catalogued by Kate Hunter. Bookseller Inventory # 002522

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A Journal of the Voyages and Travels: Gass, Patrick

Gass, Patrick

Published by Zadok Cramer, Pittsburgh (1807)

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Item Description: Zadok Cramer, Pittsburgh, 1807. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST PUBLISHED ACCOUNT OF THE LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION: "One of the essential books for an Americana collection" (Streeter). "The sergeants were all encouraged to keep journals, and Gass was diligent in writing his ? He reported events as they occurred and provided descriptions of the scenery and the Indian nations the corps met along the journey ? It was Gass who depicted the bitterroot mountains as 'the most terrible mountains I've ever beheld,' a quote widely used in books on the expedition" (Woodger and Toropov). The "journal which he kept was one of the chief sources of the expedition and was published in 1807, seven years before the journals of Lewis and Clark. Within five years after its first publication ? it was republished three times in the United States and printed also in London and Paris" (Hebard). Gass "became one of the best-known members of the expedition for several reasons: his key role as sergeant brought his name up frequently in the journals of Lewis and Clark; his account was the first to be published; he was the first to have a biography written about him; and finally, he outlived the other members of the Corps of Discovery by decades" (Wagner-Camp). "The first printing of a journal by a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition" (Literature of the Lewis and Clark Expedition 3.1). "One of the essential books for an Americana collection" (Streeter sale V:3120). Graff 1516; Howes G77; Sabin 26741; Wagner-Camp 6:1. Pittsburgh: Zadok Cramer for David M'Keehan, 1807. 12mo, early sheep over original marbled boards; custom box. Handsome owner inscription (from 1816) on front free endpaper and owner's signatures on rear free endpaper and pastedown. Toning to text (as always); occasional dampstaining, mostly marginal. Boards with some scuffing and worn edges. Hole (likely paper flaw) to margin of leaf 229/230, not affecting text. A rare copy in original boards of a landmark in American history. Bookseller Inventory # 1564

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Item Description: Printed by Zadok Cramer, for David M'Keehan, Publisher and Proprietor, Pittsburgh, 1807. First printing. Octavo. 262pp. Contemporary calf over boards. Owner inscriptions, including on title. Typical staining, tanning, and marginal tears, a very good copy in natural state. The rare first edition of the earliest published firsthand account of the Lewis and Clark expedition, by a member of their party. Gass was a sergeant who, by order of Lewis and at the insistence of Thomas Jefferson, kept a journal of the expedition's activities, and this book seems closely based on that document. ".One of the essential books for an Americana collection" - Streeter 3120. Graff 1516; Howes G-77; Sabin 26741, Hill 685. Bookseller Inventory # kfk661

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