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Fremont's Report in presentation binding  

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Report of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the Year 1842, and to Oregon and North California in the Years 1843-'44

Frémont, John Charles


Gales & Seaton



583pp. Illus. with 22 lithograph plates; 5 maps, 3 of them folding, including the large folding map. (8vo), original full green morocco stamped in gilt and blind. First Edition, House Issue, Elaborate Presentation Binding.

Rare full morocco presentation binding with the name J.C. Smith stamped in gilt on front cover. The first portion of the work reprints Fremont's report of 1843, covering his 1842 expedition to the Rocky Mountains, the second portion records his expedition of 1843-1844, delineating the major sections of the route subsequently followed by thousands of Oregon immigrants. Wheat describes the map at great length, and attaches great importance to it: "The year 1845, however, though otherwise somewhat cartographically barren, because of a single event is in fact one of the towering years in the story of Western Cartography. In that year John C. Fremont's report of his journey to Oregon and California in 1843-44 was published. This report and the Fremont (Preuss) map which accompanied it, changed the entire picture of the West, and made a lasting contribution to cartography..." The map is somewhat darkened, tears and separations at the folds, as usual, some old repairs on verso. Cowan p. 223-4; Graff 1436; Howes F370; Wagner-Camp 115:2; Wheat Transmississippi Vol. II, pp. 194-200, Map 497; Zamorano 39.

Lot Amendments

Edges rubbed, hinges cracked; small folding map at page 132 split entirely along one fold; foxing throughout; very good.

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