Lot 1061: Zebulon Montgomery Pike EXPLORATORY TRAVELS THROUGH THE WESTERN TERRITORIES OF NORTH AMERICA 1889 Antique Travel & Exploration Steel Engravaed Frontispiece Portrait Plates Maps Pike's Peak
22 October 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: Exploratory Travels through the Western Territories of North America: Comprising a Voyage from St. Louis, on the Mississippi, to the Source of That River, and a Journey through the Interior of Louisiana,and the North-Eastern Provices of New Spain. Performed in the Years 1805, 1806, 1807 by Order of the Government of the United States
Author: Zebulon Montgomery Pike - Zebulon Montgomery Pike was an American brigadier general and explorer for whom Pikes Peak in Colorado is named. As a United States Army captain in 1806–1807, he led the Pike Expedition, sent out by President Thomas Jefferson, to explore and document the southern portion of the Louisiana territory and to find the headwaters of the Red River, during which he recorded the discovery of what later was called Pikes Peak. The Pike expedition coincided with other Jefferson expeditions including the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806) and the Thomas Freeman and Peter Custis expedition (1806). The Pike Expedition traveled through present-day Colorado after his party confused their location. This led to capture by Spanish, who sent Pike and his men to Chihuahua, present-day Mexico and questioned by the governor. They were released later in 1807 at the border of Louisiana.
In 1810 Pike published an account of his expeditions, a book so popular that it was translated into French, German and Dutch for publication in Europe. He later achieved the rank of brigadier general in the Army, serving during the War of 1812. He was killed during the Battle of York, which the United States won. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)
Publisher: W. H. Lawrence & Co.
City: London / Denver
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 394 pages
Width: 9.75" Height: 11.75"
Book Details: Pike's expedition was the first U.S. Government-sponsored exploration of the Southwest, and is second in the annals of American exploration only to Lewis and Clark.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in blue cloth covers with stamped gilt lettering on the front cover and spine. There is moderate external wear and light soiling. The binding is solid. The steel-engraved frontispiece portrait depicts Pike. The pages are clean with mild age toning. The work is illustrated with four maps (two double-page) and the two mounted photographic plates: the House Joint Resolution authorizing this republication, and a view of Pike's Peak.
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