Lot 532FREMONT, JOHN C.
Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the Year 1842; and to Oregon and North California, in the Years 1843-44. Syracuse: Published by Hall & Dickson; New York: A. S. Barnes & Co., 1847. Abridged edition, the only one containing the folding map. Publisher's cloth with elk motif to spine, rebacked preserving original backstrip and endpapers. 7 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches (19.5 x 12.5 cm); with folding lithographed map Map of Oregon, California, New Mexico, N.W. Texas & the Proposed Territory of Ne-Bras-Ka. By Rufus B. Sage. 1846, two woodcut plates, 427 pp., 4 pp. ads. Spine illustration dulled, minor shelfwear, small booklabel, the map which is printed on very thin paper is integral but with one short tape repair where mounted, faint spotting to map, title and elsewhere, a sound copy.
The only early abridged edition of Fremont's Narrative to contain the folding map of the West and considered "the best edition" by Howes. Streeter noted that this edition, rather than including the government map present in other issues of the book, contains "the Sage 1846 map that was intended for the first edition of Sage's Scenes in the Rocky Mountains, Philadelphia, 1846, but was published too late to be included there." Wagner-Camp 115:9; Streeter sale 5:3132; Howes F370; Graff 1433; Wheat California Gold Region 30; Wheat Mapping the Transmississippi West 527.
C Estate of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson
Sold for $1,875
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