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IMPORTANT & EARLY MAP OF THE OREGON COUNTRY
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
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 Parkers 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: "Parkers 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....Parkers map had wide circulation, and was a notable achievement."