FREMONT, John Charles (1813-1890). Report of The Exploring Expedition to The Rocky Mountains in the year 1842, and to Oregon and North California in the years 1843-'44. Washington, D. C.: Printed by Order of the Senate, by Gales and Seaton, 1845.
8vo (229 x 140 mm). Large folding map and 4 lithographed maps (2 folding); 22 lithographed plates. (Large folding map with a few very minor nick with one small tape remnant, some overall browning and spotting to text with occasional offsetting to plates). Modern calf antique. Provenance: Emerson R. Wright (ownerships inscription on front free endpaper dated 1846).
FIRST EDITION, the Senate issue, with the astronomical and meteorological observations omitted from the House issue and subsequent editions. The two reports, written with the help of Fremont's wife Jessie Benton, "caught the public imagination: images of Fremont's guide, the then little-known Christopher 'Kit' Carson, riding bareback across the prairie, and Fremont himself, raising a flag on a Rocky Mountain peak, entered the national mythology" (Pamela Herr, ANB). Graff 1436; Howes F-370; Sabin 25845; Streeter VI:3131; Wagner-Camp 115:1.
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