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Pingenot Auction, Lot 260


260. RAYNOLDS, W. F. Report on the Exploration of the Yellowstone River. Washington: SED77, 1868. [2] 174 pp., large folding lithographed map (U.S. War Department, Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers and their Tributaries....; 68.0 x 105.5 cm; 26-3/4 x 41-1/2 inches). 8vo, original green cloth. Gilt lettering on upper cover faded, stained at lower blank corner of first 50 pages (affecting only a few words), map very fine.
         First edition of the first complete printing of General Raynold’s account of his exploration of the Yellowstone River region. The expedition was begun in 1859, but according to Howes R88: "A four-page preliminary report was issued in Senate Exec. Doc. 1, 1860; the Civil War prevented earlier publication in this completed form." Graff 3429. Jennewein, Black Hills Booktrails 29: "Raynolds was directed to explore the region through which flow the principal tributaries of the Yellowstone River....His descriptions are good and his map is important." Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West 1012 & IV, p. 187: "An extremely well-drawn map, and except for the fact that it contains certain information gathered between the time of its making and that of its actual printing, which was not until 1868, it is probably the best map of its area that had been produced."