Account of Expeditions
PIKE, Zebulon M. An Account of Expeditions to the Sources of the Mississippi, and Through the Western Parts of Louisiana, to the Sources of the Arkansaw, Kans, La Platte, and Pierre Juan, Rivers...During the Years 1805, 1806, and 1807. And a Tour Through the Interior Parts of New Spain...in the Year 1807. Philadelphia: Published by C. & A. Conrad, & Co..., 1810. , 105, , -277, , 65, , 53, , 87pp. Plus six maps (five folding) and three folding charts. Frontispiece portrait. Later three quarter morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt, raised bands. Lightly tanned. Light offsetting on the maps. A very good copy. With an extra engraving of Pike, after the frontispiece portrait, tipped in. "The brave Brigadier General Zebulon M. Pike, Who gloriously fell in his Country's cause April 27th 1813. At York, in Upper Canada." Howes P-373. Wagner-Camp 9:1. Streeter Sale 3125. Wheat Transmississippi 297, 298, 299. Graff 3290. Field 1217. Streeter Texas 1047C. Hill, p. 236. Bradford 4415. Rittenhouse 467. Sabin 62396. Jones 743. Braislin 1474. The report of the first United States government expedition to the Southwest, and one of the most important of all American travel narratives, including an account of Pike's travels to explore the headwaters of the Arkansas and Red Rivers, his earlier journey to explore the sources of the Mississippi river, and his visit to the Spanish settlements in New Mexico. Pike's narrative stands with those of Lewis and Clark, and Long, as the most important of early books on western exploration and as a cornerstone of Western Americana. The maps were the first to exhibit a geographic knowledge of the Southwest based on first-hand exploration and are considered "milestones in the mapping of the American West" (Wheat).