San Francisco: California Historical Society, 1954. First Edition. 86pp. Folio [44 cm] Red cloth with the title gilt stamped on the backstrip. Near fine. Complete with all seven maps. The four page prospectus is laid in. Item #7475
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. Also considered is a letter concerning western flora, rediscovered after publication of 'Opening of the West,' belatedly adding botany to the litany of Smith's contributions towards a factual understanding of the American West. Saunders 26.