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Pingenot Auction, Lot 375

375. [FRÉMONT, John C. ]. Lot of 6 titles, including:

BIGELOW, John. Memoir of the Life and Public Services of John Charles Frémont.... New York: Derby & Jackson, 1856. Steel-engraved frontispiece portrait, 7 wood-engraved plates. Original patterned gilt pictorial cloth. A fine, bright copy.
         First edition. Cowan, pp. 52-53: "...considered to be one of the best of several campaign biographies to appear after John C. Frémont was nominated as the first Republican candidate for the Presidency." Graff 296. Not in Howes. Plains & Rockies IV:271a. Sabin 5306. Pingenot: The appendix contains a reprint of Frémont’s letter to the National Intelligencer regarding his exploring expedition of 1854-55 and his special reference to the most practicable route for a railway to the Pacific. Bigelow’s biography represents one of the earliest attempts at a national political biography, however, it did little to dispel unfavorable public opinion toward him.

EGAN, Ferol. Frémont: Explorer for a Restless Nation. Garden City: Doubleday & Co., 1977. Illustrations, endpaper maps, notes. Cloth. Near fine in d.j.
         First edition. Pingenot: A new and full biography of John Charles Frémont, spearhead of Manifest Destiny.

FRÉMONT, John C. California Claims, in the Senate of the U.S....The Memorial....Praying an Investigation of the Claims...Against the U.S.... Washington, 1848. Quarter smooth brown calf over marbled boards. Fine.
         First edition. Cowan, p. 95. Howes F364, and by mistake it was repeated as F368. Sabin 25844. Pingenot: This is one of the prime sources for the inside story of the Bear Flag Revolt. Frémont states that the conquest of California was precipitated by Great Britain’s attempt to secure California. Contains an account of the half million dollars Frémont expended in order to secure California for the U.S., with testimony and letters of many of the men who actually took part in the conquest.

FRÉMONT, John C. Geographical Memoir upon Upper California.... Washington: Wendell & Van Benthuysen, 1848. Quarter smooth tan calf over marbled boards. Fine.
         First edition, first printing, issued with the 23-page appendix, which did not accompany the House issue. Cowan, p. 223. Graff 1429. Howes F366. Plains & Rockies IV 150. Schwartz & Ehrenberg, plate 171, p. 278: "Frémont’s epochal map of Oregon and Upper California...added many new place names to the geographical nomenclature of the West, including the Humboldt River, Lake, and Range in present-day Nevada...San Francisco’s ‘Chrysopylae or Golden Gate’...and the phrase ‘El Dorado or Gold Regions,’ one of the earliest graphic announcements of the discovery of gold in California." Wheat, Books of the California Gold Rush 78; Transmississippi West 559. Pingenot: Frémont’s brief but significant report on the third expedition, describing the natural characteristics of California.

FRÉMONT, John C. Report of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the Year 1842, and to Oregon and N. Calif. in the Years 1843-44. Washington: Blair and Rives, 1845. 583 pp., 22 lithographed plates, 4 maps (the large folding map is missing as usual). Contemporary cloth over boards, worn, upper cover detached. Contents very good.
         First edition, the House issue with the scientific data omitted. Cowan, p. 223. Field 565. Howes F370. Palau 94845. Plains & Rockies IV:115:2. Zamorano Eighty 39. Pingenot: The most spectacular reconnaissance of the American West since Lewis and Clark and the catalyst that changed the entire picture of Western geography and set a generation of pioneers and gold-seekers on the trek westward.

UPHAM, Charles Wentworth. Life, Explorations, and Public Service of John Charles Frémont. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1856. Frontispiece portrait, illustrations. 12mo, original embossed cloth, gilt title on spine. Some wear and repairs to title, foxing to preliminary leaves.
         First edition. Connor & Faulk, North America Divided 463. Graff 4447. Plains & Rockies IV:282:1. Tutorow 3988. Pingenot: A campaign biography to promote Frémont’s candidacy for president with 13 unlisted illustrations.

(6 vols.)
($200-400)