Original Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition 1804-1806
by Thwaites, Reuben Gold
Dodd, Mead & Company,
Seven volumes plus atlas. First trade edition, one of 750 printed. Original red cloth. Spines faded, two volumes with hinges starting, one volume (the atlas) with the hinges cracked, withal a very good set. Note that there are no bookplates and this is not ex libris: thus, an exceptional set indeed. The Thwaites volumes were the standard text for the labors of the Corps of Discovery for eighty years after their publication. It is notable for its thorough introduction covering the history of the expedition and earlier exploration, and a detailed account of the original journals and their various editions. This is followed by a comprehensive bibliography by Victor Hugo Paltsits, at the time the definitive survey of the literature. Thwaites attempted to print all of the information he could find on the expedition including much that had not been previously known. Perhaps most striking are the fifty-three facsimilies of original maps, mostly by Clark, covering almost every step of the route. In The Literature of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Stephen Dow Beckham describes the Thwaites edition as "...ambitious, scholarly, and immensely useful."
Book Id: 22482