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Pingenot Auction, Lot 115


115. FRÉMONT, John C. Report of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the Year 1842, and to Oregon and North California in the Years 1843-’44. Washington: Gales and Seaton, SED174, 1845. 693 pp., 22 lithographic plates (views, fossils, botany, some by Weber), 5 lithographed maps (including large folding map in rear pocket: Map of an Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the year 1842 and to Oregon & North California in the years 1843-44.... 80 x 129.6 cm; 31-1/2 x 51 inches). 8vo, original dark brown blind-stamped cloth, spine gilt-lettered. Light shelf wear, hinges neatly strengthened with matching paper, occasional foxing. Large folding map present and in fine condition (seldom encountered thus).
        First edition, the Senate issue, with astronomical and meteorological observations omitted from subsequent editions. Cowan, p. 223. Edwards, pp. 89-90. Graff 1436. Grolier American Hundred 49. Howes F370. Plains & Rockies IV:115:1. The maps are one of the outstanding features of this pivotal report. Wheat, Gold Region 21; Mapping the Transmississippi West 497 & II, 194-200: "[Frémont’s] report and the Frémont (Preuss) map which accompanied it, changed the entire picture of the West and made a lasting contribution to cartography....An altogether memorable document in the cartographic history of the West, and for it alone Fremont would deserve to be remembered in history." Zamorano Eighty 39.