FREMONT, John Charles (1813-1890)
Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the year 1842; and to Oregon and North California, in the Years 1843-44
Syracuse: Hall & Dickson; New York: A.S. Barnes, 1847. 8vo. 427pp. plus large folding map, two plates, and pp. ads.
Original brown publisher's cloth, spine gilt
Very rare edition complete with the Rufus Sage map.
Considered by Howes and other authorities the "best edition" because of its inclusion of Rufus B. Sage's superb map of the West, which otherwise appeared only in Sage's book of the preceding year. It is far rarer than the regular Fremont map, which it resembles in many respects. Fremont's narrative is one of the most important of western explorations, chronicling his trip over the Oregon Trail and into the Great Basin. It was published in numerous editions.
Howes F370; Zamorano 80, 39; Mintz 165; Wagner-Camp 115:9; Tweney 89, 22; Graff 1433; Streeter sale 3132; Wheat Transmississippi 527.