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Lot 68

Zebulon Pike in Original Boards

68. PIKE, Z[ebulon] M[ontgomery]. An Account of Expeditions to the Sources of the Mississippi, and through the Western Parts of Louisiana, to the Sources of the Arkansaw.... Philadelphia: C. & A. Conrad, et al., 1810. 5 [3] 277 [3, blank], 65 [1], 53 [1, blank], 87 [1, blank], [12] pp., stipple-engraved portrait of Pike, 4 maps, 2 charts, 3 tables. 8vo, original drab blue boards with original tan paper spine (spine perishing). Other than moderate wear to fragile boards, light uniform age-toning, old tape repair on pp. 1/2 of Appendix to Part I, this beautiful copy is in incredible original condition, uncut. Preserved in cloth box. Rarely found in boards.


Falls of St. Anthony.

The First Part of Captn. Pike’s Chart of the Internal Part of Louisiana See Plate 2d. & References. Reduced and laid down on a Scale of 40 miles to the inch. by Anthony Nau.

A Chart of the Internal Part of Louisiana, Including all the hitherto unexplored Countries, lying between the River La Platte of the Missouri on the N: and the Red River on the S: the Mississippi East and the Mountains of Mexico West; with a part of New Mexico & the Province of Texas. by Z. M. Pike Captn. U.S.I.

A Map of The Internal Provinces of New Spain. The Outlines are from the Sketches of, but corrected and improved by Captain Zebulon M. Pike, who was conducted through that Country, in the Year 1807, by Order of the Commandant General of those Provinces.

A Sketch of the Vice Royalty Exhibiting the Several Provinces and its Aproximation [sic] to the Internal Provinces of New Spain.

Map of the Mississippi River from its Source to the Mouth of the Missouri: Laid down from the notes of Lieut. Z. M. Pike, by Anthony Nau. Reduced, and corrected by the Astronomical observations of Mr. Thompson at its Source; and of Captn. M. Lewis, where it receives the waters of the Missouri. By Nichs. King engraved by Francis Shallus, Philadelphia.

     First edition of the first U.S. government exploration of the Southwest. Basic Texas Books 163: "The beginning of serious interest in Texas." Bennett, American Book Collecting, p. 46. Bradford 4415. Braislin 1474. Eberstadt, Texas162:603. Field 1217. Graff 3290. Hill, p. 236. Jones 743. Howes P373. Plains & Rockies IV:9:1. Raines, p. 165. Rittenhouse 467. Sabin 62936. Shaw & Shoemaker 21089. Streeter, p. 328 (citing the book as especially desirable for a Texas collection): "Its early date and its writer make it a foundation piece.... The account of Texas in the appendix to Pike is the first, in English, for Texas as a whole. Three of its maps show Texas"; 1047: "Pike's account of the journey and of the week he spent in San Antonio, where he was handsomely entertained by the Spanish officials, makes interesting reading." Streeter Sale 3125. Tate 2183.

      This edition contains the first appearance in print of the first maps of the Southwest to be based on firsthand exploration–“milestones in the mapping of the American West... Although some authorities seem to have taken delight in belittling Pike's achievements, these maps of the Plains areas west from the Mississippi to the Rocky Mountains and through an important portion of these mountains are maps of outstanding historic interest.... Viewed together, they offer a remarkable picture of an important stretch of country that had hitherto been known only through the vaguest of rumors” (Wheat, Transmississippi West 298-99 & II, pp. 20-24). Crossroads of Empire (Amon Carter Museum exhibit June 12-July 26, 1981): “In 1807 Pike led one of the earliest expeditions to reconnoiter the newly purchased territory of Louisiana.... The published account of his adventures includes a map which, while similar to Humboldt's in many details, is a significant improvement in rendering the interior of Texas. With the exception of the lower courses of the Sabine and Neches, which are distorted to the East, the Rivers are shown accurately. The Brazos is, for the first time in a printed map, shown in almost its proper length and shape.” Martin & Martin 24. One of the intriguing cartographical controversies of the early nineteenth century was the dispute between Pike, Arrowsmith, and Humboldt regarding the genesis of their maps and who “borrowed” from whom.


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