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June 30, 2016

1851 WCB 115:16 Fremont, John C[harles] (1813/1/21 – 1890/7/13); OREGON AND CALIFORNIA. [rule] THE | EXPLORING EXPEDITION | TO THE | ROCKY MOUNTAINS, | OREGON AND CALIFORNIA, | BY BREVET COL. J. C. FREMONT. | TO WHICH IS ADDED A DESCRIPTION OF THE | PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY OF CALIFORNIA. | WITH RECENT NOTICES OF | THE GOLD REGION | FROM THE LATEST AND MOST AUTHENTIC SOURCES. [rule] BUFFALO: | GEO. H. DERBY AND CO., PUBLISHERS, | DERBY AND MILLER, AUBURN: H. W. DERBY AND CO., CINNCINNATI: | C. L. DERBY AND CO., SANDUSKY. [rule] 1851., 16th edition supplemented for the gold rush, 456 pp., duodecimo 18 x 12 cm. [WCB 115:16, Graff 1435, Smith 3360], two portraits as frontispieces and one illustration of Fremont climbing the highest peak. Rebound in blue cloth. Pages 435 to 454 loose, foxing, otherwise very good. $300.

This sixteenth edition of the best selling book published in 1845 was reprinted for the gold rush. The 30 pages of new text is of great interest.



1851 WCB 198 Culbertson, Thaddeus A[insworth] (1823/2/18 – 1850/8/28). APPENDIX –- No. IV. |[rule] JOURNAL OF AN EXPEDITION TO THE MAUVAISES | TERRES| AND THE UPPER MISSOURI IN 1850: | BY THADDEUS A. CULBERTSON. pp. 84-145 in SPECIAL SESSION. | March, 1851. [SENATE.] MISCELLANEOUS. | No. 1. [rule] FIFTH ANNUAL REPORT | OF THE | BOARD OF REGENTS | OF | THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, | TO THE | SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, | SHOWING THE | OPERATIONS, EXPENDITURES, AND CONDITION OF THE INSTITUTION, | DURING THE YEAR 1850. [rule] |MARCH 1, 1851. … [rule] WASHINGTON: [rule] 1851. PRINTED BY A. BOYD HAMILTON, first edition, octavo, 23 x 14 cm., [Howes 941; WCB 198; Matthews, p. 324; Pilling 940]. Whole 5th annual report present which also includes an appendix to the Librarian’s Report listing books, maps and musical compositions etc. deposited before 1850 (pp. 146-325). Rebound in red buckram with black patch on spine and gilt lettering. Original wrappers bound in. Fine. $750.

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1852 WCB 212 Graham, James D[uncan] (1799-04-04 – 1865-12-28);   32d CONGRESS, | 1st Session. [SENATE.] Ex. Doc. | No. 121. [rule] REPORT | OF | THE SECRETARY OF WAR, | COMMUNICATING, | In compliance with a resolution of the Senate, the report of Lieutenant |Colonel Graham on the subject of the boundary line between the United | States and Mexico. [rule] AUGUST 27, 1852—Referred to the Select Committee on the subject. … Ordered that 2,000 additional copies be printed., Washington, first edition, 250 pp., octavo, 22.5 x 14 cm., two folding maps and a folding profile. [Eberstadt 113; Graff 1609; Howes G286; Jenkins BTB p. 151; Meisel III, p. 100; WCB 212; Wheat, MTW 717, 718; Raines p. 96]. Original brown blind stamped cloth with gilt title on front cover, spine faded, fine. $450.

Jenkins calls this “one of the most detailed” documents relating to the Mexican Boundary. “In addition to reporting his troubles with John R. Bartlett, Graham included information and reports on southern New Mexico and Lt. Amiel Whipple’s reports on the survey of the Gila River.” Wagner-Camp. “Col. G. was principal astronomer and head of the scientific corps under Commissioner Jno. R. Bartlett in Texas and Mexico.”

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1852 WCB 216a   Bartlett, John Russell (1805/10/23 – 1886/5/28); 32d CONGRESS, | 1st Session. [SENATE.] Ex. Doc. | No. 119. [rule] REPORT | OF THE | SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR, | MADE IN COMPLIANCE WITH | A resolution of the Senate calling for information in relation to the com- | mission appointed to run and mark the boundary between the United | States and Mexico. [rule] JULY 26, 1852.—Referred to a Select Committee on the subject. | AUGUST 31, 1852.— Ordered to be printed., Washington, first edition, 515 pp., octavo, 22 x 13.5 cm., [Howes B200. WCB 216a, the 7 folding maps are MTW 703, 704, 705, 706, 712 717, 718,] In Executive Documents set. Ex library, with ink stamp on title page and elsewhere.   Old calf with both covers detached, internally good. $250.


1852 WCB 219:2 Stansbury, Howard (1806/2/8 – 1863/4/17). SPECIAL SESSION, | March, 1851. Senate. EXECUTIVE. | No. 3. [rule] EXPLORATION AND SURVEY | OF THE | VALLEY | OF THE | GREAT SALT LAKE OF UTAH, | INCLUDING | A RECONNOISSANCE OF A NEW ROUTE THROUGH | THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS. | BY HOWARD STANSBURY, | CAPTAIN CORPS TOPOGRAPHICAL ENGINEERS, | U. S. ARMY. | PRINTED BY ORDER OF THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES. | PHILADELPHIA: | LIPPINCOTT, GRAMBO & CO. | 1852., Second issue of first edition, 487 pp., octavo, 22.5 x 14 cm., 34 lightly tinted lithographs 3 folding, 23 black and white plates, [Howes S884; WCB 219:2; Graff 3947; Field 1940; Goetzmann, p. 468; Sabin 90372; Meisel III, p. 115; MTW 764 and 765;]. Also separate atlas containing two very large maps, 111 x 76 and 72 x 172.5 cm. Original brown blind stamped cloth for both text and atlas which are the same octavo size. Text volume faded, atlas volume, fine. $1,750.

 An extensive survey of the Great Basin and a major landmark in the cartography of the American West. In 1846 Stansbury received the orders for the cornerstone of his career: the expedition to the Great Salt Lake in 1849-1850. On 31 May 1849 he left Fort Leavenworth with eighteen men, including Lieutenant John W. Gunnison, artist John Hudson, and Albert Carrington, a leading Mormon official. The company proceeded by way of South Pass in Wyoming to Fort Bridger, where Stansbury engaged Jim Bridger as a guide for the expedition. Dividing his men into two groups, Stansbury explored a new route to the Great Salt Lake by following a path between the Bear River and Echo Canyon trails. The expedition members spent the winter of 1849-1850 in Salt Lake City as guests of the Mormon population there. This, the most intricate part of Stansbury’s mission, required diplomacy and tact. Since the Mormon state of Deseret (meaning “honeybee”) was the only legally incorporated civil government in that area from 2 July 1849 through 5 February 1851, Stansbury and his men were to some extent visiting a foreign country. Stansbury managed to placate Mormon leader Brigham Young. Stansbury’s later recollections of the Mormon leader and of his people are noteworthy, since they showed some objectivity toward the Mormons. On Brigham Young himself, Stansbury wrote, “his personal reputation I believe to be above reproach” (Stansbury, p. 147). On the matter of polygamy, Stansbury asserted that “its practical operation was quite different from what I had anticipated. Peace, harmony, and cheerfulness seemed to prevail. . . . Confidence and sisterly affection among the different members of the family seemed pre-eminently conspicuous” (Stansbury, pp. 137-38). Stansbury went on to praise the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the Mormon people, while allowing that their beliefs would preclude them from living with any other Christian peoples without “constant collision, jealousy, and strife” (Stansbury, p. 138). In the spring of 1850 Stansbury and his party of explorers made a complete circumnavigation of Great Salt Lake and surveyed the area. On their return journey, Stansbury sought to pioneer a new route that would go due east from Salt Lake City through the Wasatch Mountains. Stansbury located what became known as Cheyenne Pass and Bridger Pass; his return route would later be used by the Overland Stage and the Union Pacific Railroad. On 6 October 1850, as his exploration neared its end, Stansbury suffered an injury; he was brought by an ambulance to Fort Laramie, where he arrived on 12 October, concluding what had been a significant venture into the Great Basin area and the newly created land of the Mormon people. Stansbury spent the next year and a half in Washington, D.C., where he wrote his classic report on the expedition. The report brought both praise and denunciation; Stansbury’s elegant prose did not prevent critics from attacking his fair-minded observations of the Mormon settlements. The tinted plates show the landscape of this area for the first time. The uncolored plates show primarily wildlife and plants.

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1853 WCB 226:1 Marcy, Randolph B[arnes] (1812/4/9 – 1887/11/22); George B[rinton] McClellan (1826/12/3 – 1885/10/29); 32d CONGRESS, | 2d Session. SENATE. EXECUTIVE, | No. 54. [rule] EXPLORATION | OF THE | RED RIVER OF LOUISIANA, | IN THE YEAR 1852: | BY | RANDOLPH B. MARCY, | CAPTAIN FIFTH INFANTRY U. S. ARMY; | ASSISTED BY GEORGE B. McCLELLAN, | BREVET CAPTAIN U. S. ENGINEERS. [rule] WITH REPORTS ON THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE COUNTRY, | AND NUMEROUS ILLUSTRATIONS. [rule] WASHINGTON: | ROBERT ARMSTRONG, PUBLIC PRINTER. | 1853., first edition, xv, 320 pp., octavo 22.5 x 13.5 cm., 65 plates on unnumbered leaves some folding. Two large folding maps in pocket on back flap, [Howes M 276; WCB 226:1; Graff 2675; Meisel III, p. 143; Rader 2346; Goetzmann p. 213; Pilling 2471; Sabin 44512] [The two large folding maps are MTW 791, 792]. Rebound in white cloth with quarter red morocco and gilt lettering, fine. $900.

There are numerous lithographed plates (some tinted) of views, botany, zoology, paleontology, geology, and geography executed by Ackerman. “Written by one of the greatest nineteenth-century American explorers, this is one of the most interesting accounts of an original exploration of unknown parts of Texas [Marcy] was the first Anglo-American to discover and explore Palo Duro Canyon and Tule Canyon. Marcy described in detail the little-known Wichita tribe and compiled the first Wichita dictionary” (Jenkins, ‘Basic Texas Books’ 135B). “[Marcy’s] large map was an attempt not only to bring together information obtained from his own explorations, but to show the relation of that country to the areas lying to the north, south and west, as far as the Colorado River of the West. Marcy’s map is one of the best of the period. No southern emigrant could afford to be without it” (TMW #791 & #792, Vol. III, pp. 15-16). Captain Marcy, “a veteran of the Mexican War who had made an 1849 reconnaissance from Fort Smith to Santa Fe, argued that the Red River, formerly an international frontier and now the boundary between Texas and Indian Territory, was too important for its source to remain unknown to the government. The War Department agreed and designated him to “collect and report everything that may be useful or interesting in relation to [the region’s] resources, soil, climate, natural history, and geography.” The Adjutant General also ordered him to remind any Indians that he encountered of the military power of the United States and the certainty of punishment if they continued to resist Anglo immigration and to determine whether the area could sustain a large Indian population and, if so, could they be induced to settle down and take up farming. He undertook the survey, noting that it was “remarkable that a portion of one of the largest and most important rivers in the United States remained up to that period wholly unexplored and unknown a ‘terra incognita.‘ ” “While Marcy was ultimately unsuccessful in finding the true headwaters of the Red, he did accomplish some of his other goals and, in the process, provided the first lithographic documentation of the unexplored and dramatic Palo Duro Canyon, in fact the first of the great southwestern canyons to be documented and published for a popular audience” (Dr. Ron Tyler reported by Dorothy Sloan).

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1853 WCB 230:1 Sitgreaves, Lorenzo (1810/2/15 – 1888/5/14); 32d CONGRESS, | 2d Session. SENATE. EXECUTIVE, | No. 59. [rule] REPORT OF AN EXPEDITION | DOWN THE | ZUNI AND COLORADO RIVERS, | BY | CAPTAIN L. SITGREAVES, | CORPS TOPOGRAPHICAL ENGINEERS. [rule] ACCOMPANIED BY MAPS, SKETCHES, VIEWS, AND ILLUSTRATIONS. [rule] WASHINGTON: | ROBERT ARMSTRONG, PUBLIC PRINTER. | 1853., first edition, 198 pp., octavo, 22 x 13 cm., 79 plates and large folding map, [Field 1414; Howes S521; WCB 230:1; Graff 3809; Meisel III, p. 134; Sabin 81472; large folding map is MTW 763], Substantial foxing. Original blind stamped brown cloth, lower ends of back strip frayed, corners bumped,. Very good, $1,200.

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1853 WCB 235 Heap, Gwinn Harris (1817/3/23 – 1887); CENTRAL ROUTE | TO THE | PACIFIC, | FROM THE | VALLEY OF THE MISSISSIPPI TO CALIFORNIA: | JOURNAL OF THE EXPEDITION | OF | E. F. BEALE, SUPERINTENDENT OF INDIAN AFFAIRS IN | CALIFORNIA, AND GWINN HARRIS HEAP, | FROM | MISSOURI TO CALIFORNIA, IN 1853. | BY | GWINN HARRIS HEAP. | PHILADELPHIA: | LIPPINCOTT, GRAMBO, AND CO. | 1854., first edition, 136 pp., 46 pages of book advertisements, octavo 22 x 14 cm., colored frontispiece with tissue guard and 12 other plates, some tinted, [Cowan p. 273; Graff 1837; Howes H378; Sabin 31175; MTW 808; WCB 235, Streeter V 3177]. Attractively rebound. Folding map (MTW 808) missing as is almost always the case. Water staining to the upper outer corner of first four pages including the frontispiece, but apparently stopped by the tissue guard. Very good. $850.

 In March of 1853, E. F. Beale, the Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the State of California succeeded in obtaining $250,000 from Congress for the “better protection, subsistence, and colonization of the Indian tribes within his superintendency” (Introduction). To this end he and Heap proceeded by the shortest route to Los Angeles, California, to select the land most suitable for Indian reservations and along the way made observations of many unexplored areas through New Mexico and Utah. The volume also includes the earliest published account of Death Valley. “[O]f all the journals and diaries telling of the Mojave desert crossing, none appears comparable to Heap in sheer readability and in picturesque descriptive quality” (Edward, “Enduring Desert”, pp. 110-11).

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1854 WCB 16:2 Franchere, Gabriel (1786/11/3 – 1863/4/12); NARRATIVE | OF A | VOYAGE | TO | THE NORTHWEST COAST OF AMERICA | IN THE YEARS 1811, 1812, 1813, AND 1814 | OR THE | FIRST AMERICAN SETTLEMENT ON THE PACIFIC | BY GABRIEL FRANCHERE | TRANSLATED AND EDITED BY J. V. HUNTINGTON [device] REDFIELD | 110 AND 112 NASSAU STREET, NEW YORK | 1854., second edition but first in English, 376, [8] pp., duodecimo 18.5 x 12 cm., three full page plates still protected by untorn tissue guards, [Graff 1400; Howes F310; WCB 16:2; Streeter 3718; Monaghan 706; Peel 70n; Pilling 1323n; Sabin 25432; Strathern 194i]. Original brown blind stamped cloth, spine faded, corners bumped, head and tail of spine show abrasion. Previous owner’s name on front free end paper dated 1876 in the Dalles, Oregon. Her corrections to text written in both pencil and ink. Most likely this owner pasted a newspaper clipping about Dr. William McKay on the rear free end paper. (He was the grandson of both Alexander McKay of the Astorians and of Chief Cumcumally of the Chinook and Chehalis Indians.) Over all, very good. $1,500.

First English translation of Gabriel Franchere’s account of Astoria on the mouth of the Columbia River. While the book chiefly recounts his extraordinary overland journey of five months through the Rocky Mountains to the Red River Settlement (later Winnipeg) and thence to Montreal, it is also well-regarded for the author’s account of his early and important visits to Hawaii and Tahiti en route to the Pacific Northwest. Franchere’s narrative was first published in Montreal in 1820 in French; this edition was prepared for the American public by the clergyman and sometime novelist Jebediah Vincent Huntington, who patriotically proclaims the book as “the only account by an eye witness and a participator in the enterprise, of the first attempt to form a settlement on the Pacific under the Stars and Stripes.” Franchere was a member of the party sent out by John Jacob Astor on the vessel Tonquin to found a fur trading post at Astoria, at the mouth of the Columbia River. The account of his three-year stay, his inland travels, the transfer of Astor’s company to the North West Fur Company of Canada in 1813 and subsequent actions of the British, forms a detailed and important document in Canadian history. Additionally, the outbound journey of the Tonquin is included, in which Franchere gives a good account of the customs and political situation of the Hawaiian islands as well as a biography of Kamehameha I. The work is referred to in the text as the “second edition”, which is slightly misleading since the earlier edition was in French.



1854 WCB 226:3 Marcy, Randolph B[arnes] (1812/4/9 – 1887/11/22); George B[rinton] McClellan (1826/12/3 – 1885/10/29); 33d CONGRESS, | 1st Session. HO. OF REPS. EXECUTIVE | Doc. [rule] EXPLORATION | OF THE | RED RIVER OF LOUISIANA, | IN THE YEAR 1852: | BY | RANDOLPH B. MARCY, | CAPTAIN FIFTH INFANTRY U. S. ARMY; | ASSISTED BY | GEORGE B. McCLELAN, | BREVET CAPTAIN U. S. ENGINEERS. [rule] WITH REPORTS ON THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE COUNTRY, | AND NUMEROUS ILLUSTRATIONS. [rule] WASHINGTON: | A. O. P. NICHOLSON, PUBLIC PRINTER. | 1854., Third issue of first edition, xv, 320 pp., 22.5 x 14 cm., 65 plates on unnumbered leaves some folding, separate atlas with two large folding maps. [Goetzmann p. 213; Howes M276; WCB 226:3; Graff 2675; Meisel III p. 144; Rader 2346n; Sabin 44512; the two large folding maps are MTW 791, 792] Maps 69 x 150 and 41 x 86 cm.

Small water stain on top of a few pages in back. Original brown blind stamped cloth, corners of text volume bumped. Spine of atlas detaching on one side. Very good. $800.

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1854 WCB230:2 Sitgreaves, Lorenzo (1810/2/15 – 1888/5/14); 33D CONGRESS, | 1st Session. [SENATE.] EXECUTIVE. [rule] REPORT OF AN EXPEDITION | DOWN THE | ZUNI AND COLORADO RIVERS, | BY | CAPTAIN L. SITGREAVES, | CORPS TOPOGRAPHICAL ENGINEERS. [rule] ACCOMPANIED BY MAPS, SKETCHES, VIEWS, AND ILLUSTRATIONS. [rule] WASHINGTON: | BEVERLEY TUCKER, SENATE PRINTER. | 1854., second issue of first edition, 198 pp., octavo, 24 x 16 cm., 79 plates and large folding map, [Field 1414; Howes S521; WCB 230:2; Graff 3809,; Meisel III, p.134; large folding map is MTW 763]. Original blind stamped brown cloth, lower end of back strip frayed, corners bumped, foxed. Very good, $1,050.

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1854 WCB 234:1 Bartlett, John Russell (1805/10/23 – 1886/5/28).  PERSONAL NARRATIVE | OF | EXPLORATIONS AND INCIDENTS | IN | TEXAS, NEW MEXICO, CALIFORNIA, SONORA, | AND CHIHUAHUA, | CONNECTED WITH | THE UNITED STATES AND MEXICAN BOUNDARY COMMISSION, | DURING THE YEARS 1850, ’51, ’52, AND ’53. | BY | JOHN RUSSELL BARTLETT, | UNITED STATES COMMISSIONER DURING THAT PERIOD. | IN TWO VOLUMES, WITH MAP AND ILLUSTRATIONS. | VOL. [I. / II.] | NEW YORK: | D. APPLETON & COMPANY, 346 & 348 BROADWAY, | AND 16 LITTLE BRITAIN, LONDON. | M.DCCC.LIV., first issue of first edition, Two Volumes, xxii, 506; xvii, 624 pp., octavo 22 x 13.5 cm., 2 folding frontispieces, 14 lithographed plates with tissue guards, text illustrations, huge folding map [WCB 234:3; Graff 198; Howes B 201; Sabin 3746; Cowan (1933) p. 36; Flake 325; Jenkins 12, Meisel III p. 100; Rader 287, Raines, p. 22], Original half calf and marbled boards, end papers and all edges with matching marbling, both title pages have offsetting from folding frontispieces. Fine.   $3,500.

A cornerstone work of Southwestern travel and exploration. The expedition left Indianola in September 1850 and spent nearly three years travelling throughout the region in an effort to determine the border between the United States and Mexico, which had been left indefinite by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo after the Mexican War. The resultant work remains one of the most readable and accurate accounts of the American Southwest for the period, and the illustrative matter includes some of the most competent depictions of the area. “Bartlett’s Narrative is an essential book for the southwest.” Graff. The large folding map shows the region in detail. Bartlett later became the first librarian of the John Carter Brown Library.

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1854 WCB 239:1 Fremont, J[ohn] C[harles] (1813/1/21 – 1890/7/13); 33d CONGRESS, | 1st Session. [SENATE.] Mis. Doc. | No. 67. [rule] LETTER | OF | J. C. FREMONT | TO THE EDITORS OF THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, | COMMUNICATING | Some general results of a recent winter expedition across the Rocky moun- | tains, for the survey of a route for a railroad to the Pacific. [rule] June 15, 1854.—Referred to the select committee on the Pacific Railroad and ordered to be printed., first edition, 7 pp., octavo, 23 x 14 cm., [WCB 239:1, Graff 1430]. Disbound, foxed and darkened. Good +. $175.

“The route that Fremont recommends follows his 1848 expedition as far as the San Luis Valley in Colorado, then up the Sahwatch River and over the ‘Coochatope’ Pass to the Colorado River, over the ‘Wahsatch’ Mountains to Parowan and Cedar City, then west to the Sierra Nevada. Three of Fremont’s letters were printed in the National Intelligencer in the spring of 1854, of which the above was the third, appearing on June 14.”


1854 WCB239e Johnson, Edwin F. (1803/5/23 – 1872/12). RAILROAD TO THE PACIFIC. | NORTHERN ROUTE. [rule] ITS GENERAL CHARACTER, | RELATIVE MERITS, ETC. | PY (sic) EDWIN F. JOHNSON, C. E. | SECOND EDITION. [rule] NEW YORK: | RAILROAD JOURNAL JOB PRINTING OFFICE, 122 NASSAU STREET. | 1854., Although noted as second edition on the title page it is really the first edition., iv, 5-[176] pp., octavo, 23 x 14.5 cm., 7 plates, 3 maps, 2 folding maps, 1 folding profile, [Howes J133, WCB 239e, Graff 2216; Sabin 36207; Wheat Gold Regions 240], Tan printed wrappers, but spine missing. Inscription on front wrapper “Prof. Henry with compts of author.” (Joseph Henry (1797/12/17–1878/5/13), First Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1846-1878.) Very good. $1,750.

The final page 176 is mis-numbered 166. Styled the second edition on the title page, but actually the first printing in book form, sections having appeared previously only in periodicals. The author was a fine engineer and ultimately the chief of engineering for the construction of the Northern Pacific. Herein he summarizes the route later followed by the line, one of the most elaborate works issued before the Railroad Surveys. There is much information on the terrain of the proposed route, the findings of earlier explorers, climate, soil, etc. Projected railroad routes are shown on the maps, with possible routes outlined. “This is in many ways an extraordinary map. It has the routes of Lewis and Clark, Fremont and Emory well drawn, and its showing of the general features of the topography is also excellent, considering the time of its preparation”, TMW.




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