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Auction 180, Lot 784

Early Report on Explorations and American Claims to Oregon

"[Northwest Exploration] Northwest Coast of America. ... Mr. Baylies ... Made the following Report … as Respects the establishment of a Military Post at the Mouth of the Columbia River...", U.S. Government

Subject: Document - Oregon Country

Period: 1826 (published)

Publication: H.R. Doc. 213, 19th Congress, 1st Session

Color: Black & White

5.8 x 8.8 inches
14.7 x 22.4 cm
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This scarce report reviews previous explorations of the northwest coast including those of Drake, Cook, and Lewis & Clark as the justification for the 49th parallel being the boundary between the United States and Canada. The report also devotes the first few pages to an account of a journey made by Samuel Adams Ruddock, who in 1821 purportedly traveled from the Missouri River (via Santa Fe) to the Pacific Ocean in 75 days. Wagner-Camp quipped that it "would have been a remarkable feat, if it had happened." Only one auction record found in the last 30 years. 22 pages, disbound.

References: Howes #B-264; Sabin #4067; Streeter #3339; Wagner-Camp #31.

Condition: B

Disbound with light to moderate foxing.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $150

Closed on 11/18/2020