Publication: Imprint Society, 1972, Barre
Abridged Reprint. Cloth with board slipcase, as issued. xxxvi.-547pp. 12 Plates. 2 Maps on endpapers. An attractive reprint of this classic of western exploration. "Originally named the 'Yellowstone Expedition,' the U.S. government expedition under Major Stephen Long was the most ambitious exploration of the trans-Mississippi West following those of Lewis and Clark and Zebulon Pike. The expedition traveled 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. Edwin James was the botanist, geologist, and surgeon for the expedition and 'based his compilation upon his own records, the brief geological notes of Major Long, and the early journals of Thomas Say [who served as the expedition's zoologist]' (Wagner-Camp). Significantly, Long's expedition was the first official US expedition to be accompanied by artists (namely Titian Peale and Samuel Seymour). Cartographically, Long provided the first details of the Central Plains." An excellent 21 page introduction by Howard R. Lamar lends value to this reprint. Fine in near fine slipcase.
Inventory Number: 50018Sold -- Contact us