Philadelphia: John Binns for C.&A. Conrad; Petersburgh: Somervell & Conrad; Norfolk: Bonsal, Conrad & Co.; and Baltimore: Fielding Lucas, Jr, 1810.
First edition. Text: Stipple-engraved frontispiece portrait. 5, , 277, [3, blanks]; 65, ; 53, ; 87, , [11, Meteorological Observations] pp. Atlas: 6 engraved maps (5 folding), and 3 folding tables. 2 vols. 8vo (text) and 4to (atlas). A Rare Issue with Separate Atlas. Text bound in contemporary tree calf, red morocco spine label titled in gilt. Atlas bound in contemporary marbled paper boards (being marbled printer's waste), rebacked to style Howes P-373, "b"; Wagner-Camp 9:1; Graff 3290; Wheat Transmississippi 297, 298, 299; Field 1217; Streeter Texas 1047C; Bradford 4415; Rittenhouse 467; Sabin 62936; Jones 743; Braislin 1474; Jenkins Basic Texas Books 163; Hill 1357; Reese, Best of the West, # 32. Item #320930
First edition of the first U.S. government exploration of the Southwest. Pike's narrative includes his account of his travels to explore the headwaters of the Arkansas and Red Rivers, as well as his earlier journey to the sources of the Mississippi River. He also relates his visit to the Spanish settlements in New Mexico. Along with the writings of Lewis & Clark, Pike's ACCOUNT must stand as the most important early work on western exploration. The maps, which Wheat considers "milestones in the mapping of the American west," are the first to show geographic knowledge of the area based upon first-hand explorations. Streeter refers to the description of Texas as "excellent."
Conrad first proposed the work in July 1808, and began soliciting subscribers as early as January 1809. None of the newspaper advertisements we could locate, however, offer the work in two volumes as present. Howes describes such two volume sets with a separate atlas as the "best issue" and Wagner-Camp adds that the text is only "occassionally accompanied" by the atlas. Only a handful of such sets have been offered on the market in the last twenty years, most notably being the Siebert-Snider set, sold at the Siebert sale in 1999 for $24,150 and resold in the Snider sale in 2005 for $42,000.
The atlas to the present set includes contemporary marbled paper boards made from printer's waste from Smith’s History of the last Session of Congress, which commenced on the seventh of December, 1801 (Philadelphia: Conrad, 1802).
Price: $18,500.00 Free International Delivery