Pittsburgh: David McKeehan; London, reprinted for J. Budd: 1808. First English Edition. 8vo. iv, , 2-381 pp. A1 (title-page) and A2 in brilliant facsimile, lacking advertisement leaf at end. Later English paneled calf (slightly scuffed, expertly rebacked with original gilt spine laid down), top edges gilt, marbled pastedowns and endpapers. Contents clean and unspoiled. Very good. Item #3451
According to Howes, this is the "best edition" of the EARLIEST FIRST-HAND NARRATIVE of the Lewis and Clark expedition, preceeding the official account by SEVEN YEARS. The author, Sergeant Patrick Gass, was an actual member of the expedition party, and was ordered by none other than President Thomas Jefferson to keep a journal of it. This book remains "one of the essential books for an Americana collection" (Streeter 3120). As we learn from the complete title, the work contains "an authentic relation of the most interesting transactions during the expedition, a description of the country, and an account of its inhabitants, soil, climate, curiosities and vegetable and animal productions."
That the present copy has two leaves in facsimile allows us to offer a price reduction of at least two thousand dollars. Pencil inscription on final blank: "Provenance: Clarence Wolf, who swore the first leaves were not modern." -- From the Dorothy Sloan Americana Collection.
Howes G-77. Wagner-Camp 6. Field 595. Graff 1516. Sabin 26741. Hill 685.