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Pingenot Auction, Lot 245


245. PARKER, Samuel. Journal of an Exploring Tour Beyond the Rocky Mountains, under the Direction of the A.B.C.F.M. Performed in the Years 1835, ’36, and ’37; Containing a Description of the Geography, Geology, Climate, and Productions; and the Number, Manners, and Customs of the Natives. With a Map of Oregon Territory. Ithaca: Published by the Author, 1838. xii, 371 pp., large folding engraved map (Map of Oregon Territory...1838; 35.6 x 62.2 cm; 14 x 24-1/2 inches). 12mo, original green blind embossed cloth, printed paper spine label (skillfully rebacked, original spine preserved and sympathetic endsheets). Slight wear to spinal extremities, generally fine and fresh, the map excellent.
         First edition. Graff 3192. Howes P89. Pilling 2904. Plains & Rockies IV:70:1. Rader 2600. Smith 7893. Washington 89 60: "Parker went out to the Rockies in 1835 on a fur trading expedition with the American Fur Company. Dr. Marcus Whitman was a member of the party for part of the journey. Parker arrived at Walla Walla in October, 1835, and returned in 1837....It has been said of Parker’s journal: ‘In all the qualities which an historian would require, it has few equals.’ The first edition of this book is quite scarce, later editions are not so hard to come by."
         Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 438 & II, pp. 165-65: "Parker’s ‘Map of Oregon Territory’ of 1838 represented a real advance, and was made from personal observation. Of it Wagner-Camp remarked that it was ‘the earliest to obtain any circulation which contains reliable information as to the interior of the Oregon Territory....Parker’s map had wide circulation, and was a notable achievement.’"