Expedition to the Rocky Mountains. H. C. Carey & I. Lea, Have in Press, and will publish in December, Account of an Expedition from Pittsburgh to the Rocky Mountains ... [rear wrapper advertisement on a December 1822 issue of The Port Folio]
Philadelphia: Harrison Hall, December 1822. 8vo. (8 5/8 x 6 inches). , -532pp. Engraved frontispiece plate after T. R. Peale, depicting a skin lodge Kaskaias. Foxing.
Publisher's lettered wrappers.
Ephemeral announcement of the publication of the account of the Long Expedition to the Rocky Mountains.
Major Stephen Long was the principal proponent of government-sponsored exploration of the West following the War of 1812. He travelled farther than Pike or Lewis and Clark, and blazed trails that were susequently followed by Fremont, Powell, and others. The expedition travelled up the Missouri and then followed the River Platte to its source in the Rocky Mountains before moving south to Upper Arkansas. From there the plan was to find the source of the Red River, but when this was missed the Canadian River was explored instead. The expedition added significantly to the earlier discoveries of Lewis and Clark and Zebulon Pike. Edwin James was the botanist, geologist, and surgeon for this important government expedition, initially named the Yellowstone Expedition. In addition to his duties on the expedition, James subsequently served as the editor and compiler of the official account of the expedition, relying "upon his own records, the brief geological notes of Major Long, and the early journals of Thomas Say [who served as the expedition's naturalist]" (Wagner-Camp). The present December 1822 issue of The Port Folio (Vol. II, No. 6) includes a full-page announcement on the rear wrapper advertising the publication of the first edition of James account of the Long Expedition. In addition, pages 496 to 503 include a lengthy review of the work, and the engraved frontispiece depicts a skin lodge of the Kaskaias, after expedition artist T. R. Peale, printed from the same plate as the engraving within the first edition atlas to the James account. Rare and ephemeral.