Auction 133, Lot 121

"Journal of an Exploring Tour Beyond the Rocky Mountains … with a Map of Oregon Territory", Parker, Samuel (Rev.)

Subject: Western Canada and United States

Period: 1846 (published)


Color: Black & White

5 x 8 inches
12.7 x 20.3 cm

Samuel Parker was a missionary who accompanied a fur-trading party on an expedition from Council Bluffs Iowa to the Oregon Territory. At the time, the region was claimed by both the British and the United States and was little known except to the fur-traders. The folding map titled Map of Oregon Territory…, 1838(22.4 x 14"), and the wood engraving of the Basaltic Formations on the Columbia River are both present. Parker's map, based on both personal observation and reports of the fur-traders of the Hudson Bay Company, is considered a landmark in the mapping of the region. The map provides an excellent view of the river systems and tribal territory. It shows several forts, including an early depiction of Fort Hall. The map extends to include much of present-day Canada. The map is still bound in the original book in which Parker tells of his incredible experiences on the expedition. The book is the fifth edition of Rev. Parker's journal, which is more often missing this important map.The books preface refers to the map as being "far more accurate than any which has before been published."

References: Howes P89; Wagner-Camp 70; Wheat [TMW] #438.

Condition: A

The map is very good, with just a few spots at right margin and one at the top of Vancouver Island. Original binding with a little shelf wear and bumped at top and bottom of spine. First end paper with old book plate. The contents are tight and generally clean, but with occasional light foxing spots.

Estimate: $550 - $650

Sold for: $650

Closed on 9/1/2010