FREMONT, JOHN C. 1813-1890.
Report of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the Year 1842, and to Oregon and North California in the years 1843-'44. Washington: Blair and Rives, 1845.
583 pp. 22 full-page lithographed plates, 5 lithographed maps including a large folding map. 8vo. Original blindstamped brown cloth, spine gilt, pocket for folding map in front cover. Light scattered foxing, closed tears to large folding map, a few stray spots to cloth, light shelfwear.
FIRST EDITION, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ISSUE OF FREMONT'S FIRST AND SECOND EXPEDITIONS. "Fremont's work had a powerful effect on the routes chosen by the gold-seekers in 1849-50" (Graff). Fremont, with the guidance of Kit Carson, led his expedition parties along the Oregon Trail and into the Sierra Nevada, providing much useful data on California and Oregon. Of the large folding map by Charles Preuss Fremont writes: "This map may have a meagre and skeleton appearance to the general eye, but is expected to be more valuable to science on that account, wholly founded upon positive data and actual operations in the field. About ten thousand miles of actual traveling and traversing in the wilderness which lies between the frontiers of Missouri and the shores of the Pacific..." (p 3). Cowan pp 223-4; Graff 1436 (Senate issue); Grolier American 49; Howes F370; Sabin 25845; Streeter sale 3131; Wheat Transmississippi West 497.
Provenance: title-page with period inscription from Kentucky representative John W. Tibbatts, presenting this volume to John T. Foote.
Acquisition: purchased from Joseph Felcone, 2001, $1,400.