Report of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the Year 1842, and to Oregon and North California in the Years 1843-'44 (text only)
Place Published: Washington
Publisher: Blair and Rives, Printers
Date Published: 1845
Edition: First edition, House issue
Book Id: 39040
583pp. Octavo [22.5 cm] Rebound in sturdy black cloth with gilt lettering and two single ruled lines on the spine. New endsheets. Good only. The text block is cracked several times. Several pages are completely detached, but present. The pages are sporadically foxed, and have occasional light tide marks. There is a contemporary owner's inscription on the title page. No maps, and only 5 plates.
John Fremont's expeditions of 1842 and 1843-44 were the most spectacular reconnaissance of the American West since Lewis and Clark. Performed under the auspices of the Army Bureau of Topographical Engineers, the expedition's published reports and maps brought a factor of dependability and trustworthiness that would aid American settlement of the West. Important work on the exploration of the west. The country covered by the report was previously terra incognita--Brigham Young is said to have used both the report and the map as a guide in bringing the Mormon people West. Utah was then part of Mexico and would first become Deseret and then Utah territory. Howes #F-370 (House Issue). Wagner-Camp-Becker #115.2