Report of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the Year 1842 and to Oregon and North California in the Years 1843 - 44

FReMONT, J[ohn] C[harles].
Syracuse: Hall & Dickerson, 1847. Illustrated with large folding map ""Map of Oregon, California, New Mexico, N.W. Texas, & the Proposed Territory of Ne-Bras-Ka"" by Rufus B. Sage, 1846. Two additional plates.
First edition. 427 pp. plus 4 pp. advertisements.
Octavo, original brown cloth, gilt-lettered green morocco label on spine. Spine extremities and edges worn, lettering on label worn, some light to moderate foxing, inner margins with small stab holes, otherwise excellent. Wanting the large folding map, else complete with other maps and all plates .

This edition is the only one which contains Sage's map which had been issued earlier in his ""Scenes in the Rocky Mountains."" Wheat notes that the map was based on Fremont's 1845 map, and add ""the map was one of the earliest to depict the finally determined Oregon boundary."" The map is also significant in that it was useful to the many immigrants who crossed the plains from 1847 throught the gold rush.

Fremont's account of his first and second expeditions was among the most popular and influential Trans-Mississippi travel narratives of the nineteenth century. By providing the first accurate geographical information on the routes through the Rocky Mountains, he generated considerable enthusiasm for westward expansion and the overland migration that characterized the years of the Gold Rush. [ Howes F-370 (""Best Editon""). Wagner-Camp 115.9. Wheat, Transmississippi 527. Zamorano Eighty, #39].

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