Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Company, 1852. First Edition. 487pp. Octavo [23 cm] Contemporary [original?] 3/4 brown calf over green cloth boards with the title on the backstrip. Fore edge marbled blue. Gentle wear to the corners of the boards otherwise near fine. 35 illustrations called for and 35 present. Lacks the illustration 'Cave on Fremont's Island', but the illustration 'Gunnison's Island and Station from the North' appears twice, we believe this to be a binder's error. All four panoramic fold-outs are in fine condition. The illustrations are bound in between pages 267 and . The 19 plates that accompany the Reptile, Insect and Plant sections are complete. Lacks the four Paleontology plates, we believe these were never bound in, and also a binder's error. Senate Issue. U.S. 32d Cong. Special Sess. Senate. Ex. Doc. No. 3
Both of the large maps: 'Map of a reconnoissance between Fort Leavenworth on the Missouri River, and the Great Salt Lake in the Territory of Utah' [173 cm x 73] and ' Map of the Great Salt Lake and adjacent country in the Territory of Utah' [76 cm x 108.5 cm] are bound in at the rear. A second set of original maps have been linen backed and are loose in a chemise that matches the monograph's binding. All four maps in nice condition. The two loose maps are bright and in very nice condition. We believe the purpose of this second set was to be used without the trouble of folding and unfolding, the maps that are bound in at the back of the monograph. Item #1571
Captain Stansbury commanded the detachment of the Army's Topographical Engineers which was directed in 1849 to explore and report on the Great Salt Lake Basin. Of particular interest were the newly established Mormon settlements, and the routes and passes through the Rockies for emigrants and possibly a railroad.
According to Wheat: "A good many details were added for the country lying between the established Oregon-California trail and Fremont's return from California in 1844, and these, together with the new cartography of the Great Salt Lake region, make the Stansbury expedition map one of the most important of its decade."
This is the nicest set of this landmark work that we have ever handled. Flake/Draper 8359. Fales & Flake 53. Moffatt 25, 26. Wheat 764, 765. Auerbach 1255. Wagner/Camp 219:2. Eberstadt 115:1054. Scallawagiana 45. Howes S884. Graff 3947. Sabin 90372. Best of the West 127.