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Stansbury's Great Sale Lake with maps  

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Exploration and Survey of the Valley of the Great Salt Lake of Utah, Including a Reconnoissance of a New Route Through the Rocky Mountains

Stansbury, Howard


Lippincott, Grambo & Co.



Text volume + separate folder of maps. 487 pp. 57 lithograph plates, 34 of which are either colored or tinted (3 of those are folding panoramic views), 19 are of various flora and fauna and fossils of the region; folding map after that by Lahonton; 2 large folding maps in separate volume, as issued. (8vo) 22.2x13.,5 cm (8¾x5¼"), original blindstamped cloth lettered in gilt. Senate Issue. First Edition.

Stansbury's important exploration of the Great Salt Lake Basin and his report on the newly established Mormon settlements, as well as the routes and passes through the Rockies for emigrants and possibly a railroad. This copy inscribed and signed by Col. [John James] Abert "To Mrs. Campbell with Compliments" on the rear endpaper, upside down. Abert was head of the Corps of Topographical Engineers. His signature is quite scarce. Wheat describes Stansbury's explorations in detail, and says his Map of the Great Salt Lake permanently established the topography and many of the place names of northwestern Utah. Wagner-Camp notes "59 plates listed on pp. [11]-12," but there are actually 58 listed, and one of these is the map by Lahontan. The two important large folding maps are included in a separate volume. These are lithographed maps with hand-coloring: "Great Salt Lake and Adjacent Country..." (measuring 109.7x75 cm., or 43x29¼"); "Reconnoissance between Fort Leavenworth...and Great Salt Lake" (measuring 73x171 cm., or 28x67").

Provenance: Maggs, 10/77

References:  Field 1940; Graff 3947; Howes S884; Sabin 90372; Wagner-Camp 219:2; Mattes Platte River Road Narratives, 634, 974; Wheat, Transmississippi 3, Maps 764 & 765.

Lot Amendments

Text volume spine sunned, wear to ends and corners, some darkening within, else very good, the folding maps and their covers fine.

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