First Edition of this Work Reiterating American Claims to Oregon, in the Original Wrappers
ROBERTSON, Wyndham. Our Right and Title, containing an Account of the Condition of the Oregon. Territory, its Soil, Climate, and Geographical Position; together with a Statement of the Claims of Russia, Spain, Great Britain, and the United States; Accompanied with a Map, Prepared by the Author. Washington: Printed by J. & G.S. Gideon , 1846.
First edition. Octavo (8 5/8 x 5 1/2 inches; 220 x 140 mm). [4], [i]-203, [1], xxiv pp. With engraved folding frontispiece map of the Oregon Territory. (Map size: 11 3/4 x 17 1/4 inches; 300 x 440 mm). The collation of this copy is the same as the Streeter copy which includes the errata leaf and the appendix.

Original printed blue wrappers. Wrappers chipped along edges and soiled. Spine of wrapper with some chipping and loss of paper. Some soiling and toning, mainly to preliminaries and final leaves. Map is toned. First two leaves are repaired and reattached along to inner hinge. Previous owner’s old ink signature on first page of text and the same owner’s initials on page 20. There is a large closed tear to page 160, but with no loss of text. Generally it is clean inside. Overall a very good copy.

"Although not widely known, the volume is one of the finest early histories of the Pacific Northwest and contains much original material not to be found elsewhere. This includes Burnet's letter from Multnomah City, Oregon, Oct. 29, 1841; United States protection to settlers; the value and importance of the Oregon Emigrating Society; Letter from Willamette, Nov. 4, 1844; Indian Schools; trade, commerce, and markets; Letter from Gen. McCarver; Indians west of the Rocky Mountains; Logbook of the Columbia; Jefferson's Instructions to Lewis and Clark; Haceta's account of the Northwest Coast; Benton's Speech; Correspondence between the American and British negotiators; and 'A Table of Distances from Independence, Missouri to Astoria, at the mouth of the Columbia River'" (Eberstadt 127:384).

"This work contains a general review of United States claims to the Oregon country based on the history of discovery and settlement in the Northwest, as well as statements by Wyeth, Greenhow, Wilkes, and Fremont, including the latter's tables of distances" (Wagner-Camp- Becker)

Howes R359; Sabin 72021; Streeter VL3361; Wagner-Camp-Becker 122e

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