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The Rocky Mountains: or, Scenes, Incidents, and Adventures in the Far West 1837

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The Rocky Mountains or Scenes, Incidents and Adventures In the Far West: Digested from the Journal of Captain B.L.E. Bonneville of the Army of the United States. Illustrated 2 Vol Set

Irving, Washington

Published by Carey, Lea & Blanchard, Philadelphia, 1837

Condition: Good-. First American edition. Two volume set. 248pp; 248pp. green cloth with paper spine labels. Folding map at front of each volume.

Cover has stains. Spine lables attached.

Acid mark near map, foxing throughout.  Hinges broken vol 2 See photos

A complete yet worn copy.

 

One of the first American explorers to map the Western United States was Bonneville, whose three-year journey was made possible with the help of Jacob Astor. While posing as a fur trader, he traversed from Green River to the Great Salt Lake and eventually arrived in Walla Walla. In addition to this significant exploration, the work also includes Joe Walker's detailed account of trapping over the Sierra Nevada to California. Bonneville's expedition served as a stepping stone for future explorations by Fremont, Stansbury, Wilkes, and others. Hiram Chittenden, author of 'American Fur Trade', recognized Bonneville's efforts in stating, "The one really valuable result of Captain Bonneville's expedition was his two maps of the Western country." These early maps remain an important representation of the Western United States.