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Auction 180, Lot 782

Early Announcements of the Lewis & Clark Expedition

"[Lewis & Clark] The Literary Magazine and American Register Volume 1, No. 1 (October 1803) – No. 6 (March 1804)",

Subject: Document - Lewis & Clark

Period: 1804 (published)


Color: Black & White

5.4 x 8.8 inches
13.7 x 22.4 cm
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This is the first volume of the short-lived Literary Magazine (1803-1807) which contains six monthly issues (October 1803 - March 1804), including two early references to the Lewis & Clark expedition. The first reference (page 63) is from the October 1803 issue and includes a communication dated August 25 from Louisville: “An expedition is expected to leave this place shortly…to proceed through the immense wilderness to the Western or Pacific Ocean. The particular objects of this undertaking are at present matters of conjecture only; but we have good reason to believe, that our government intend to encourage settlements, and establish sea ports, on the Pacific Ocean….” The second reference (page 377) in the February 1804 issue is the brief article " Anticipation of Major Lewis’s Journal" that begins "“Mr. Jefferson having given an official account of the territory of Louisiana, has thought proper to send his first secretary to find how far that information may be relied upon.” The article gives [erroneous] plans for the expedition, and ends with a discussion of a map: “The longitude and latitude is to be taken in certain points, and “the spaces between protracted on a map, in time instead of space,’ in the manner of Ellicott…” Each of the six monthly issues is bound with its original title page. Hardbound in quarter calf with tips over marbled boards. An uncommon and desirable early Lewis & Clark item.


Condition: B

Internally very good with light toning, occasional foxing, and ex-library markings on the title page and front pastedown. Covers and spine are worn and both boards are detached.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 11/18/2020