Washington. 1849. 40pp. Dbd. Gathered signatures, stitched as issued. Without the folding map. Stitching somewhat frayed. Light foxing. Good. Item #WRCAM53411
The House issue of Fremont's third expedition of 1845-46, this copy without the folding map. This report marked the conclusion of Fremont's career as a topographical engineer. It was during this journey that Fremont helped launch the Bear Flag Revolt, and was court-martialed for his efforts. Wagner-Camp notes most copies lack the map, which was issued separately and is present here. Wheat devotes several pages to the map, drawn by Charles Preuss, which shows the route of the expedition from Pueblo to White River, down to the Green River, through almost new and uncharted territory to Utah Lake, eastern Nevada, and California. The text consists of Fremont's description of the third expedition, undertaken in 1845- 46 but not published until 1848, with charts of astronomical observations. "The Map and GEOGRAPHICAL MEMOIR...have a two-fold importance in history, first as contributions to geographical and cartographical knowledge in the year 1848, and second as historic documents concerning Fremont's notable Third Expedition" - Wheat TRANSMISSISSIPPI. COWAN, p.223. HOWES F366. RITTENHOUSE 227. SABIN 25837. WAGNER-CAMP 150:2. WHEAT GOLD RUSH 78. WHEAT TRANSMISSISSIPPI 559. KURUTZ 256a.