London: Richard Bentley, 1843. Two volumes. [iii]-xxiii,297; [iii]-viii,315pp. Contemporary three-quarter sheep and marbled boards, spines gilt, leather label. Light wear to corners and spines, boards rubbed; some light dampstaining to binding. Ownership markings on front endpapers, some blacked out; old library ink stamps on titlepages and second leaves in each volume. Some pencil notations to text, otherwise internally clean. Good plus. Item #WRCAM47009
The first English edition, after the first American edition of 1841. An important early account of the Oregon country. The author went overland in 1839, going to Bent's Fort and then north to the Oregon Trail. After a brief sojourn during which he gathered materials, he sailed for home via the Sandwich Islands. The book became an effective propaganda piece for boosters of American control of Oregon. Often reprinted, Howes considers this edition to be the best. Seven Gables bought the Streeter copy for $90 in 1969. WAGNER-CAMP 84. HOWES F50, "aa." STREETER SALE 3351. REESE, BEST OF THE WEST 78 (ref).