Travels to the Source of the Missouri River and across the American Continent to the Pacific Ocean. Performed by the Government of the United States, in the years 1804, 1805, and 1806. By Captains Lewis and Clarke. Published from the Official Report, and Illustrated by a Map of the Route, and other Maps

Travels to the Source of the Missouri River and across the American Continent to the Pacific Ocean. Performed by the Government of the United States, in the years 1804, 1805, and 1806. By Captains Lewis and Clarke. Published from the Official Report, and Illustrated by a Map of the Route, and other Maps


Description: FIRST ENGLISH EDITION of the definitive account of the travels of Lewis and Clark, the most important expedition in the history of the American continent. Although preceded by the Philadelphia printing of 1814 (published as History of the Expedition), this London edition of the same year was printed on larger, finer paper and in both typography and format is considered the superior edition. "The most important of all overland narratives. . . . American explorers had for the first time spanned the continental United States and driven the first wedge in the settlement of our new far western frontier” (Grolier 100 American Books).  London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1814.  Quarto, contemporary marbled boards superbly re-backed to style in modern three-quarter calf. A FINE COPY: text very clean, map with slight offsetting but otherwise fine with no tears. Rare in such good condition.
Artist or Maker: LEWIS, MERIWETHER. [CLARKE] CLARK, WILLIAM
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