FREMONT, JOHN CHARLES. 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: Gales and Seaton, Printers, 1845.
8vo (229 x 139 mm). 693 pp. 5 maps (2 folding, one large folding in pocket at rear, 2 partially hand-colored), and 22 lithographic plates. Original brown blind-stamped cloth, gilt spine titles. Scattered light foxing and toning to some leaves, light browning to map of Bear River, light spotting and several separations at folds of large map, text block weakened, rear joint splitting, some wear to extremities.
FIRST EDITION, SENATE ISSUE. Freemont's surveys of the Rockies, "depicting a world given over to rugged, heroic individualism ... served, a generation before Buffalo Bill Cody, to popularize the West for the mass of Americans" (Speake, Literature of Travel and Exploration p 1015). The large folding map is a landmark of western cartography. Graff 1436; Howes F370; Sabin 25836.