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A Journal of the Voyages and Travels: Gass, Patrick

Gass, Patrick

Published by Minneapolis, Minnesota: Ross & Haines Inc. (1958)

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Item Description: Minneapolis, Minnesota: Ross & Haines Inc., 1958. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Limited Edition. 8vo., orange cloth lettered in gilt; pictorial dust jacket. Limited edition, one of 2000 numbered copies, profusely illustrated, with fold-out map of Lewis and Clark's travels. A striking copy. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-15307833879

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Journal of the Voyages and Travels of: Gass, Patrick

Item Description: Mathew Carey, Philadelphia, 1812. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very good. Fourth Edition. All six engravings present. Folding section of map gone (see picture) leaving approximately 3/4 still attached. 1812 PO name on free endpaper. Age-toning, offsetting from plates and stains to leaves. 11/2" split to head of upper cover, but still attached. Edges and corners worn. Gilt/black label on spine. Howes G77 Sabin 26741. Bookseller Inventory # 516

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Item Description: Printed for Matthew Carey, Philadelphia, 1810. Second edition. 262pp. Sextodecimo [18 cm] Rebound in 1/2 leather over marbled boards. New endsheets and pastedowns. Tissue repair to frontispiece. Includes all six engravings The Patrick Gass Journal was the first published account of the Lewis & Clark expedition, and the 1810 Carey printing, is the first to contain these six illustrations. Wagner/Camp 6:5. Graff 1518. Howes G77. Streeter 3123. Sabin 26741. Bookseller Inventory # 42800

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A Journal of the Voyages and Travels: Gass, Patrick

Gass, Patrick

Published by M'Keehan (1807)

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Item Description: M'Keehan, 1807. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. The true first edition of this 1807 account of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Is complete, except that the title page is a facsimile, new end papers, first couple of pages have some pieces missing (see photo). The first published book on the expedition, the greatest in the history of the American west. Bound in quarter leather over marbled boards, very good condition. Comes in a custom-made collector's slipcase. Pittsburgh: Printed by Zadok Cramer for David M'Keehan, 1807., 1807. 12mo., (6 5/8 x 4 1/8 inches). "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. Bookseller Inventory # 107257

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Voyage des capitaines Lewis et Clarke, Depuis: GASS (Patrick). OVERLAND

GASS (Patrick). OVERLAND TO THE PACIFIC La première expédition américaine à traverser le continent nord-américain par terre depuis l’embouchure de la rivière Missouri jusqu’à l’embouchure du fleuve Columbia River Une importante expédition à caractère scientifique La première traduction authentique de ce très important récit de voyage considéré comme le mythe fondateur des États-Unis

Published by A Paris, Chez Arthus-Bertrand, Libraire, 1810. (1810)

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Item Description: A Paris, Chez Arthus-Bertrand, Libraire, 1810., 1810. Couverture rigide. Book Condition: Comme neuf. Edition originale. In-8° ; XVIII-443 pp.-1 carte repliée h.-t. in-fine [gravée par J. B. Tardieu], pleine basane racinée, dos lisse très richement orné, fleurons or, faux-nerfs double filet or, p. de titre en maroquin rouge, roulette or (entrelacs de feuilles) d’encadrement sur les plats, filet or d’encadrement sur les plats, filet or sur les coupes, tranches jaune paille mouchetées rouges, rel. de l’époque, très bel exemplaire rare dans cette condition. Édition originale de la traduction française et la première édition traduite dans une autre langue que l’anglais [en français] de ce très important voyage. Cette édition est très recherchée car pour la première fois se trouve imprimé la carte de l’itinéraire complet du voyage de Lewis et Clarke gravée par J. B. Tardieu. En plus de cette importante carte, deux lettres inédites du capitaine William Clarke sont ici imprimées pour la première fois. Note d’information : Édition originale [de Patrick Gass], Pittsburg, 1807 (sans carte). 2e édition, Londres, 1808 (sans carte). 3e édition, Paris, 1810, contenant la première carte itinéraire imprimée du voyage. Elle est considérée comme très importante. Des régions inconnues fréquentées par de rares trappeurs Français et quelques colons Britanniques. FIRST FRENCH EDITION. A VEY NICE COPY. SCARCE. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1500917165959

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Item Description: Philadelphia: Printed for Mathew Carey, 1812., 1812. 262pp. plus folding engraved map and six plates. 12mo. Contemporary tree calf, gilt label. Edges of covers worn, hinges tender. Contemporary ownership inscriptions on front free endpapers, verso of map, and titlepage. Age- toning and dampstains, offsetting from plates. A good copy. In a half morocco and cloth box. Styled the "fourth edition" on the titlepage, after the first edition of 1807 (but with the plates not found therein), which Howes states was the "earliest full first- hand narrative of the Lewis and Clark expedition, preceding the official account [by] seven years." "This 1812 edition seems identical in text with my 1807 and 1810 edition, but it has, added, a folding map and two preliminary pages headed 'Review of this Work.' The plates are the same, and the pagination is kept the same by eliminating the half title after the preface" - Streeter. STREETER SALE 3127. HOWES G77, "aa." GRAFF 1521. FIELD 597. WAGNER-CAMP 6:7. SABIN 26741. WHEAT TRANSMISSISSIPPI 308. Bookseller Inventory # WRCAM 36101

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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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A Journal of the Voyages and Travels: GASS, Patrick (1771-1870)
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Item Description: Printed by Zadok Cramer, for David M'Keehan, Publisher and Proprietor, Pittsburgh, 1807. 12mo. (6 1/2 x 4 inches). 262pp. Contemporary ownership ink stamp on titlepage. Inscribed by Elliott Coues on the titlepage and second leaf. Text with several pencil notations. Minor foxing and toning. Early 20th-century half brown morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt. Provenance: Elliot Coues Coues's copy of the first edition of the earliest published firsthand account of the Lewis and Clark expedition: "one of the essential books for an Americana collection" (Streeter). The origins of Gass's journal is explained in a 7 April 1805 letter from Meriwether Lewis to President Thomas Jefferson: "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." Because of the delay in the publication of the official account, Gass' journal became the first to appear in print, and as such was eagerly taken up by readers starved for information about the discoveries. "Patrick Gass was a rough reliable frontier soldier when he joined the Lewis and Clark expedition. He was made a sergeant when Sergeant Floyd died. He writes a terse soldier's narrative with rugged honesty. For seven years his story offered the only real information the nation had of the Oregon country and of the Louisiana Purchase. It is a work of primary importance" (Webster A. Jones). First editions of Gass' journal have become scarce, particularly in good condition. This copy is of particular interest, having belonged to Elliott Coues, the editor of the first modern scholarly edition of the Lewis and Clark expedition, published in 1893. Coues has annotated the text in several places, as well as inscribing it twice, dated 1892. Includes two letters included with the book to Coues from a Gass family descendant who was seeking a copy of the book. A fine association copy of this important work. Graff 1516; Hill (2004) 685; Howes G77 'b'; Literature of the Lewis & Clark Expedition 3.1; Sabin 26741; Shaw & Shoemaker 12646; Smith 3465; Streeter Sale 3120; Wagner-Camp 6:1. Bookseller Inventory # 33874

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Item Description: Pittsburgh: Printed by Zadok Cramer, for David M'Keehan, Publisher and Proprietor, 1807., 1807. 262pp. 12mo. Contemporary calf spine and patterned paper boards, spine gilt. Boards heavily worn. Later ownership label on front pastedown, contemporary ownership inscriptions on endpapers. Two leaves (C3, C4) loose and slightly worn. Some light scattered foxing and soiling, but on the whole quite clean internally. Very good. In a cloth clamshell case. A rare, unsophisticated copy of the first edition of the earliest published firsthand account of the Lewis and Clark expedition: "one of the essential books for an Americana collection" (Streeter). The origins of Gass' journal are explained in an April 7, 1805 letter from Meriwether Lewis to President Thomas Jefferson: "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." Because of the delay in the publication of the official account, Gass' journal became the first to appear in print, and as such was eagerly taken up by readers starved for information about the discoveries. "Patrick Gass was a rough reliable frontier soldier when he joined the Lewis and Clark expedition. He was made a sergeant when Sergeant Floyd died. He writes a terse soldier's narrative with rugged honesty.For seven years his story offered the only real information the nation had of the Oregon country and of the Louisiana Purchase. It is a work of primary importance" - Webster A. Jones. First editions of Gass' journal have become scarce, particularly in good condition. STREETER SALE 3120. GRAFF 1516. SABIN 26741. HILL 685. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 12646. SMITH 3465. WAGNER-CAMP 6:1. HOWES G77, "b." LITERATURE OF THE LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION 3.1. Bookseller Inventory # WRCAM 50314A

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Item Description: Pittsburgh: Printed by Zadok Cramer, for David M'Keehan, Publisher and Proprietor, 1807., 1807. 262pp. 12mo. Early 20th-century three-quarter brown morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt. Front joint rubbed. Bookplate and two letters pasted to front endpapers. Contemporary ownership ink stamp on titlepage. Inscribed by Elliott Coues on the titlepage and second leaf. Text with several pencil notations. Minor foxing and toning. Very good. The first edition of the earliest published firsthand account of the Lewis and Clark expedition: "one of the essential books for an Americana collection" (Streeter). The origins of Gass' journal are explained in an April 7, 1805 letter from Meriwether Lewis to President Thomas Jefferson: "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." Because of the delay in the publication of the official account, Gass' journal became the first to appear in print, and as such was eagerly taken up by readers starved for information about the discoveries. "Patrick Gass was a rough reliable frontier soldier when he joined the Lewis and Clark expedition. He was made a sergeant when Sergeant Floyd died. He writes a terse soldier's narrative with rugged honesty.For seven years his story offered the only real information the nation had of the Oregon country and of the Louisiana Purchase. It is a work of primary importance" - Webster A. Jones. First editions of Gass' journal have become scarce, particularly in good condition. This copy is of particular interest, having belonged to Elliott Coues, the editor of the first modern scholarly edition of the Lewis and Clark expedition, published in 1893. Coues has annotated the text in several places, as well as inscribing it twice, dated 1892. Two letters pasted to the front endpapers are to Coues from a Gass family descendant who was seeking a copy of the book. A fine association copy of this important work. STREETER SALE 3120. GRAFF 1516. SABIN 26741. HILL 685. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 12646. SMITH 3465. WAGNER-CAMP 6:1. HOWES G77, "b." LITERATURE OF THE LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION 3.1. REESE, BEST OF THE WEST 29. Bookseller Inventory # WRCAM 50314D

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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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A Journal of the Voyages and Travels: GASS, PATRICK

GASS, PATRICK

Published by Pittsburgh: Zadock Cramer for David M’Keehan (1807)

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Item Description: Pittsburgh: Zadock Cramer for David M’Keehan, 1807. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION. Patrick Gass was a remarkable man who accompanied Lewis and Clark on the trans-America expedition and was the first to publish a book describing the adventure. Although Gass often claimed to have attended school for only nineteen days, he was a self educated man with excellent powers of observation. Gass was a soldier in Illinois when Lewis and Clark arrived there. He circumvented his commanding officer’s objections by applying personally to the explorers. Gass signed on as a private but was elected sergeant by the enlisted men when Sergeant Floyd died. Shortly after returning from the expedition, he obtained the aid of an old friend, David McKeehan, a schoolmaster, to transform his journal into one of the most memorable travel volumes in American history. The last surviving member of the team, Gass lived into his ninety-ninth year supported in part by an annual government pension of $96. At the outbreak of the Civil War, the 90-year old Gass volunteered for the Union Army! The official account by Lewis and Clark did not appear until 1814, long after Gass’s account had appeared in four American editions and had brought the news and excitement of the expedition into the homes of thousands of eager American families. There was also an English edition in 1808, a French edition in Paris in 1810, and a German edition in 1814. This is “the first separately published account of the Lewis and Clark expedition and hence is one of the essential books for an Americana collection” (Streeter 3120). This copy has a very appealing provenance, including the original 1807 owner’s signature and an effective book curse. 1. Dav[id] H. Braine July 12th, 1807,” signature on title page; 2. contemporary inscription on leaf A4 “A. Kerrs Book.” That leaf has an owner’s inscription torn away from the top corner, perhaps leading to 3. contemporary signed inscription warning “Steal not this book for fear of shame for if you do you may [de]pend the Gall[ow]es will be your end. Gustavus Kerr.” Original half calf, leather label. Tiny early printed shelf label at head of spine. Some wear to binding, but much better than usual. Foxed and browned as always, a few paper flaws, bookplate removed. A very good copy, far better than usual. Half morocco case. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-3773873971351341492

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