New York & Philadelphia. 1849. 29; 83; 186pp. plus two maps (one folding) and 6pp. of advertisements. Text printed in double-column format. Modern three-quarter morocco and marbled boards, spine richly gilt. Two bookplates on front pastedown. A touch of foxing on map and offsetting on titlepage. Near fine. Item #WRCAM25086
This volume contains reprints of important reports by Emory and Fremont. The first twenty-nine pages comprise Fremont's GEOGRAPHICAL MEMOIR UPON UPPER CALIFORNIA, first printed in 1848; the next section of eighty-three pages reprints Emory's narrative, which originally appeared under the title, NOTES OF A MILITARY RECONNOISSANCE, including Lieut. Abert's notes, and was first issued in 1848; the final portion contains Fremont's NARRATIVE OF AN EXPLORING EXPEDITION TO THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS IN THE YEAR 1842, AND TO OREGON AND NORTH CALIFORNIA IN THE YEARS 1843-44. Fremont's report, which was first published in 1845, gives an account of two different expeditions. These reprint editions issued by Appleton's, apparently meant to be bound together (but not always found that way), are significant as popular versions of important overland travel narratives. "...These editions continued to serve as overland guides, both to Oregon and to California" - Wagner-Camp. The large folding map is "Map of the United States, Mexico, &c. Showing the Various Land and Water Routes from the Atlantic Cities to California." The smaller woodcut map shows the California gold region, with names of significant mining districts noted. WAGNER-CAMP 148:10, 115:13. SABIN 25836. WHEAT GOLD REGION 72, 88.