Washington: Gales and Seaton, Printers, 1845.
in the Year 1842, and to Oregon and North California in the Years 1843-44... Printed by order of the Senate of the United States. Washington: Gales and Seaton, Printers, 1845.
First edition, Senate issue with all the scientific data. Octavo (9 x 5 3/4 inches; 228 x144 mm). 693, [1, blank] pp. Complete. With twenty-two plates and five maps, two of which are small folding and the very large folding map in the rear pocket.
Publisher's vertically-ribbed dark brown cloth. Covers with blind-stamped borders and floral loops. Spine lettered in gilt. Some foxing and toning throughout. Cloth lightly rubbed and bumped. Binding a bit skewed, causing a crease in the spine. Pocket map in very good condition with just a few small fold-line splits. Still a very good copy of this important narrative in the original binding and with the large map in the rear pocket.
One of the most important publications on the history of the exploration of the American West. 'On January 18, 1844, Fremont determined to cross the Sierra instead of turning eastward. Crossing over what is now known as Carson's Pass, he reached the San Joaquin Valley and turned north to Sutter's Fort. It was a tattered and exhausted outfit that arrived there on March 6th, 1844. Here he learned much about the conditions in California.' Later he crossed the Tehachapi Pass into the Mojave Desert. The large map is of particular importance as it charts hitherto unknown areas.
Graff 1436. Howes F-370. Sabin 25845. Streeter 3131. Wagner-Camp 115:1. Zamorano Eighty #39.