Washington. 1843. 170pp. plus large folding map. Original printed wrappers. Rear wrapper detached. Light, scattered foxing, else very good, untrimmed and unopened. Map is in good condition, with slight edge wear, darkened along some folds, and with small separations at several cross-folds. In a half morocco box with two chemises. Item #WRCAM31229
Nicollet accompanied Fremont's 1839 expedition to the upper Missouri. He departed St. Louis on April 4 and arrived at Fort Pierre on June 12, with Etienne Provost and William Dixon (son of the interpreter at Fort Pierre, Baptiste Dorion). The present work is Nicollet's report of that event, although he died before the expedition was completed. His "Sketch of the Early History of St. Louis" appears on pages 75-92. The map, "Hydrographical Basin of the Upper Mississippi River From Astronomical and Barometrical Observations Surveys and Information...," is the first detailed modern depiction of the Great Lakes region and the primary source for the area at that time. Also included is the catalogue of botanical specimens collected by Carl Geyer and described by John Torrey. HOWES N152, "aa." WAGNER-CAMP 98. BUCK 339. GRAFF 3022. SABIN 55257. STREETER SALE 1808. TAXONOMIC LITERATURE VI:403.