Spokane: Arthur H. Clark Company, 2004. First Edition. 336pp. Octavo [26 cm] Green cloth with title and rules gilt stamped on the backstrip and front board. Fine. Complete with all four maps present in the rear pocket. Item #3395
"Yet as exhaustive as this compilation is, and as diligent as the efforts of Chuinard, Tweney, Anderson, Wenlisk, and others were in collecting the sources related to the expedition, one substantial document eluded these collectors and serves as the prize gem of the literature of the expedition. This rare and highly sought-after item is the 1806 reprint of the 'Message from the President,' published in Natchez, Mississippi, in which Thomas Jefferson provided the U.S. Congress, the American people, and interested parties throughout the world with a summary not only of the Lewis and Clark Expedition but of other expeditions of the time, as well as scientific data not found in earlier printings of the 'Message.' The document's value is not just in its rarity but in the wealth of information it provided - to individuals in the first decade of the nineteenth century regarding the then-unknown wilderness, and also to those examining it two hundred years later (and beyond)." - p.14.