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Pingenot Auction, Lot 250

250. PIKE, Zebulon M. The Expeditions of Zebulon Montgomery Pike, to Headwaters of the Mississippi Elliott Coues. New York: Francis P. Harper, 1895. [8] cxiii [1] 356 + vi [357]-855 + [6] 857-955 pp., engraved portrait of Pike, 7 maps, facsimiles. 3 vols., 8vo, original white cloth over beige boards, printed paper spine labels. Fragile bindings moderately worn and soiled, otherwise very fine. Contemporary ink ownership inscription.
         "Best edition" (Howes); limited edition (#13 of 150 large paper copies). Basic Texas Books 163F: "Marks the beginning of serious American interest in Texas." Eberstadt, Texas 162:603n: "One of the great classics of American exploration. Pike journeyed across Texas in 1807, and his description of the country is excellent and among the earliest." Field 1217n. "First government exploration of the Southwest." Harvard Guide to American History, p. 157. Howes P373: "Best edition, with copious notes....First government exploration of the Southwest." Plains & Rockies IV:9n. Raines, p. 16n. Rittenhouse 467n: "Scholars have preferred the 1895 edition for its annotations, clarity, and appended documents." Saunders 3095. Streeter 1047n. Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 299n. Pingenot: One of the cornerstone works of Southwestern exploration.