Auction 123, Lot 867

"[2 Volumes] History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clarke… Vol I [and] Vol. II", Lewis & Clark

Subject: Exploration

Period: 1842 (dated)


Color: Black & White

4 x 6.3 inches
10.2 x 16 cm

This is the first Harper and Brothers abridged edition of this important two volume set that documents the monumental efforts of Lewis and Clark on their trek across the northwestern United States. Bound into the front of Volume I is the foldout Map of Lewis and Clark's, Track Across the Western Portion of North America, from the Mississippi to the Pacific Ocean..., an incredibly accurate and informative map filled with extensive notes concerning the epic expedition. This edition is without the five additional plates found in earlier publications. Volume I has 371 pages, volume II has 395. 18mo. Both volumes are hardbound in their original green cloth covers with gilt titling on the spines.


Condition: B+

The map has some offsetting, and a bit of insect damage in the upper margin, just reaching the neatline. There are several fold splits, some repaired with archival tape on verso, and some extraneous creasing. Text pages are generally very good with an occasional spot, and some toning along the edges. All signatures are tight. The covers are a bit rubbed with minor shelf wear.

Estimate: $375 - $475

Sold for: $475

Closed on 2/20/2008