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Pingenot Auction, Lot 83

83. CROSS, Osborne. "A Report in the Form of a Journal, to the Quartermaster General, of the March of the Regiment of Mounted Riflemen to Oregon, from May 18, to October 5, 1849." Pp. 126-240, in: UNITED STATES. PRESIDENT (Millard Fillmore). Message from the President of the United States to the Two Houses of Congress at the Commencement of the Second Session of the Thirty-First Congress. Washington: SED1, 1851. 444 [Part 1]; 490 pp. [Part 2], 36 lithographic plates (some folding) of scenes from the Oregon expedition (by Weber et al.), charts and other icongraphy not related to Cross expedition in remainder of vol. Thick 8vo, original black sheep over marbled boards. Binding with shelf worn, intermittent foxing.
         This is the Senate edition of the Cross report, which was issued in at least four formats (the information found in Howes and Plains & Rockies does not fully cover the various incarnations of this report). Graff 4415. Howes C923. Mintz, The Trail 112. Plains & Rockies IV:181:3: "Detailed description of the emigrant trail to Oregon with thirty-six lithographed views of scenes along the route from Fort Laramie to The Dalles." This report is historically important, and the marvelous plates are among the earliest of the Oregon Trail. There are many other valuable reports in this volume, including progress of the Mexican Boundary Survey, border troubles, reports from Maj. Van Horne on Ben Leaton and activities of the Glanton gang, Capt. S. G. French’s "Report of Captain S. G. French, United States Army, Descriptive of the Route from San Antonio to El Paso," Capt. Harry Love’s exploration of the Rio Grande, Native Americans, affairs in New Mexico and California, etc.
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