San Francisco: California Historical Society, 1954. First Edition. 86pp. Folio [ ] Red cloth with the title gilt stamped on the backstrip. Better than very good. Gentle sunning to the backstrip with a bookplate on the front pastedown. Complete with all seven maps. The four page prospectus is laid in. Item #1762
"This volume was the logical extension of Morgan's biography of Jedediah Smith. Morgan and Wheat examined the notes taken by Oregon pioneer George Gibbs from a now-lost map of the trapper's western travels drawn by Smith in 1831, before the latter's demise on the Santa Fe Trail." - Richard Saunders
"The most respected and most widely traveled Western explorer of his era (1822-1831). Jedediah Strong Smith passed from the scene when only thirty-two years of age, and both the man and his extraordinary career were long largely forgotten. Today, however, Smith is accorded a place in American exploration overshadowed only by Lewis and Clark. As a single figure he stands second to none; as a cartographer his achievements were unequaled for almost a generation." - from the prospectus.
This work was limited to an edition of 530 copies. Saunders 26.