LEWIS, Meriwether (1774-1809) and William CLARK (1770-1838)
Travels to the Source of the Missouri River and across the American Continent to the Pacific Ocean. Performed by order of the government of the United States, in the years 1804, 1805, and 1806. By Captains Lewis and Clarke. Published from the Official Report
London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1815. 3 volumes, 8vo. (8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches). xxvi, 411pp. plus three maps (one folding); xii,434pp. plus three maps; xii,394pp. Half title in second volume. (Scattered minor foxing).
Modern calf-backed marbled paper covered boards, spines gilt, red morocco labels, t.e.g.
The second British edition of the "definitive account of the most important exploration of the North American continent" (Wagner-Camp).
The narrative of the Lewis and Clark expedition is the most famous in the trans-Mississippi West, describing their twenty-eight-month trek from St. Louis to the Pacific and back again, with a wealth of geographical, ethnological, and natural historical observations en route. Because of the death of Lewis, the publication of the account was delayed until 1814, when the Philadelphia edition appeared. The 1814 British edition quickly sold out, necessitating this three-volume 1815 edition to satisfy public demand. It has a large folding map on fine paper on a somewhat larger scale than in the original American edition.
Wagner-Camp 13:3; Howes l317, "aa;" Graff 2481; Wheat Transmississippi 317; Literature of Lewis and Clark 5a.3; Sabin 40830; Field 930 (note).