Lot 122 of 541:
Gass' Lewis & Clark Journal 3rd ed. w/plates 1811  

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Journal of the Voyages and Travels of a Corps of Discovery, under the command of Capt. Lewis and Capt. Clarke of the army of the United States, from the mouth of the River Missouri through the interior parts of North America to the Pacific Ocean During the Years 1804, 1805 & 1806...

Gass, Patrick


Mathew Carey



viii, [2], [11]-262 pp. With 6 copper-engraved plates. 16.8x10 cm (6½x4"), period sheep. Third Edition.

Gass's Journal was the first detailed account by a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition to be published. This third edition has the same plates, imprint and pagination of the 1810 second edition, which was the first published account of the expedition to have illustrations. The artist is unknown but obviously was unprofessional and unfamiliar with most aspects of the expedition; still, the illustration are imbued with primitive charm, and helped form the public's impression of the Transmississippi West and the expedition. Graff 1520; Howes G77; Wagner-Camp 6:6.

Lot Amendments

Covers scuffed and worn, detached, spine strip mostly perished; contents evenly tanned, very good, the plates with nice impressions although one is printed at an angle, worthy of restoration to the binding.

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