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Auction 146, Lot 843

"[Lot of 2] Astoria, or Anecdotes of an Enterprise Beyond the Rocky Mountains Vol. 1 & Vol. II", Irving, Washington

Subject: Exploration and Surveys

Period: 1841 (dated)


Color: Black & White

5.5 x 9 inches
14 x 22.9 cm
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This is the 1841 edition of this "classic account of the first American attempt at settlement of the Pacific Coast" (Howes). Irving's history of John Jacob Astor's attempt to bring American fur trade to the Pacific was based on revised transcripts of the journals of Robert Stuart, Wilson Price Hunt and Ramsay Crooks. Among these were "journals and letters narrating expeditions by sea, and journeys to and fro across the Rocky Mountains by routes before untraveled, together with documents illustrative of savage and colonial life on the borders of the Pacific."

Included is the map Sketch of the routes of Hunt and Stuart. While there is not much detail, Wheat says, "for what it purports to be it is an excellent map." Volume 1 contains 285 pp. and volume 2 has 279 pp. Both volumes are bound in green cloth boards with gilt embossed title on spine.

References: Howes I-81; Wheat (TMW) #419.

Condition: B+

The map has faint offsetting and minor toning where the map folds into the book, and an archivally repaired binding tear that enters 1/2" into image. Text is mostly clean with light damp stains confined to the upper blank margin. Covers show some wear and the corners are bumped.

Estimate: $500 - $650

Sold for: $325

Closed on 9/4/2013