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Auction 184, Lot 787

Early Accounts of Louisiana by Sibley and Jefferson

"[Louisiana Territory] Louisiana. An Account of the Red River and Country Adjacent [in] The American Register...",

Subject: Document - Sibley & Jefferson

Period: 1809 (published)


Color: Black & White

6 x 9.2 inches
15.2 x 23.4 cm
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This volume includes a letter dated April 10, 1805 from John Sibley to General Henry Dearborn, Secretary of War (pages 48-97). Sibley settled in Louisiana in 1802 where he served as an Army surgeon and Indian Agent for the Orleans Territory. Jefferson saw him as a credible source of information on Louisiana and included this letter in his 1806 report to Congress communicating discoveries made in exploring the western rivers. Sibley notes the information in the letter was based on his personal knowledge and that of his assistant Francis Grappe. The editor has added a summary of the 1803 account of Louisiana Jefferson had compiled and forwarded to Congress. 353 pages. Hardbound in quarter leather over marbled boards.


Condition: B

Uncut text has light toning and scattered foxing. Front board is nearly detached. Covers are worn and bumped, and the spine is cracked.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $120

Closed on 9/15/2021