Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo, and Co, 1854. First Edition. 136pp. Octavo [22 cm] 3/4 pebbled sheep over marbled boards. Marbled fore edge with matching pastedowns and endsheets. Title gilt stamped on the backstrip. Very good. Joints weak and the crown is chipped. Internally there is sporadic marginalia in pencil. All thirteen plates are present (some tinted including the frontis). Advertisements not present. This copy was presumably not issued with the map (according to Eberstadt not all copies were issued with maps). Item #974
Heap kept a journal of his trip through the west as part of Beale's expedition searching for a central railroad route. The party went from Fort Atkinson along the Santa Fe trail passing near (old) Bent's Fort across Colorado and entering Utah and passing the remains of Fort Robidoux and across the desert on the Old Spanish Trail through Santa Clara, Las Vegas and on to Los Angeles. The trip through central Colorado and Utah was one of the first detailed accounts of the area.
"Witnesses the evacuation of Paragonah as ordered by Brigham Young during the Walker War; visits Parowan; description of it and Little Salt Lake; Mormon custom of securing Indian babies; Mormon-Indian relations; p. 91–97" - Flake/Draper 3934
"In 1852, as a young man of 30, he [Edward Fitzpatrick Beale] was appointed Superintendent of Indian Affairs for California and ordered to proceed to his post by 'the most expeditious route.' Though he might have got there in 30 days via the Isthmus, Beale elected to travel 'the shortest route' overland - what the Missouri proponents of a Pacific Railroad called the 'Central Route.' ..... Gwinn Harris Heap, a cousin of Beale's, went along and kept a journal of the march.." - Wheat V.3 - p-197. Flake/Draper 3934. Wagner/Camp 235. Howes H378. Sabin 31175. Graff 1837. Eberstadt 104:120. Reese Best of the West 133.