First edition. With bookplate of William D. Fenton and signed twice by him. Fenton was a founder of the Oregon Historical Society (1853-1925).
Washington: Blair and Rives, Printers, 1840. Illustrated with folding map (fine except for one small tear where affixed to gutter).
Octavo, rebound, with pages slightly trimmed, in marbled black and white boards, light brown sheepskin spine. Spine somewhat worn, front endpapers split over joint, faint embossed stamp on p. 21 (Young Men's Mercantile Library of Cincinnati, Ohio), occasional scattered brown spots and foxing.
Greenhow's book was the foremost authority on the Oregon country. It was also issued in New York the same year. The map is a detailed representation of the western coast of North America, with an inset of the Pacific coast of Asia. Falconer is most famous for his participation in the Texan-Santa Fe expedition, but his ownership of this book is significant as well, since he wrote a pamphlet entitled Strictures.. regarding Greenhow's book, published in London, which advocates the British view concerning northwest boundaries.
This valuable memoir relates principally to that part of the Northwest which for years was the subject of disputes between Great Britain, Russia, and the United States. It was designed to show the origin, nature, and extent of their respective claims, in order to afford the means of correctly estimating the justice of each. [Howes G389. Tweney 89, 25 (note). Hill, p.128 (ref). TPL 7581].