Auction 140, Lot 912

"Exploration of the Red River of Louisiana in the Year 1852", Marcy, Capt. R.B.

Subject: Exploration and Surveys

Period: 1853 (dated)

Publication: Sen. Exec. Doc. 54, 32nd Congress, 2nd Sess.

Color: Black & White

6.3 x 9.3 inches
16 x 23.6 cm

The U.S. Army expedition commanded by Captain Marcy was the first to discover the source of the Red River. His report abounds in topographical and geographical detail with attention also paid to the customs of the native people in the southern plains. It includes an impressive scope of data, including meteorological and natural history information, with emphasis on geology, paleontology, reptiles, fish, insects and botanicals. Sixty-four beautifully lithographed plates are included, as well as a hand-colored fold-out geological chart of the region. The two folding maps accompanying the report are not present. Hardbound in embossed green cloth with gilt title on spine. 320 pp. 8vo.

References: Wagner-Camp #226.1

Condition: B

Scattered foxing and toning throughout. Covers and spine are bumped and worn, and the hinges are starting.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $110

Closed on 5/23/2012