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Earliest Account of the Lewis and Clarke Expedition (thumbnail)

1st Ed. Account of the Lewis and Clark Expedition


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1st Ed. Journal of the Voyages and Travels of a Corps of Discovery - Patrick Gass


The first of a first! This is a rare copy of a milestone in American history, a first edition copy of Patrick Gass's journal detailing his travels through the American west as a Sergeant in the Lewis and Clark expedition. As the very first book published bringing tales of the wild and untamed American west to an eager East coast audience, this book was in high demand and the expedition returned to civilization as celebrities.

There are certain accounts from the expedition that are accounted for only in Gass’ journal.

Among these are information on the layout and design of Mandan, the Great Falls of Missouri, the events at the Clearwater River in Idaho and the decision at the mouth of the Marias River, where Gass had to travel almost seven miles in search of a waterfall they were told existed that was never found.

Even though there were other issues with Gass’ journal, the first edition is still the only truly authentic account of the expedition in print until 1814, when Nicholas Biddle’s paraphrase of the captains’ journals came out.

Item is worn but appears to have original cover and binding, there is visible wear on spine edges.This is a library copy and has been stamped multiple times by the original library. Board’s edge is worn and scuffed, text is age-toned, and the pages are stained throughout. Nevertheless, this first hand account of such a formative event for the nation makes this an excellent addition to any literary collection.

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