London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1809.
First English edition. Engraved folding map at front. ix, , 309 pp. 8vo. With map. Modern calf backed boards. Washed, evenly toned, faint foxing Wagner-Camp 8:2; Graff 2479; Howes L321; Pilling 2283; Sabin 40827; Wheat, Mapping the Trans-Mississippi West 294. Item #310859
First English edition of the Lewis and Clark "apocrypha." Denounced by Elliot Coues as a "wretched meretricious compilation," this anthology of previously printed works was nonetheless one of the earliest accounts of the celebrated Lewis and Clark expedition, and it remained a major source of information about the West until the explorers’ own official narrative was finally published in 1814. The texts printed here include President Jefferson’s Message ... communicating Discoveries of 1806; letters of William Clark; and plagiarized portions of the works of Jonathan Carver, Alexander Mackenzie, and Patrick Gass. The one original contribution made by the apocryphal Travels was the "Map of the Country Inhabited by the Western Tribes of Indians," which Wheat identified as "the earliest published map with legends stemming from Lewis and Clark"
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