An Account of Expeditions to the Sources of the Mississippi, and through the Western Parts of Louisiana…During the Years 1805, 1806, and 1807 [Atlas Volume].
The rare 1810 map atlas for Zebulon Pike’s “An Account of Expeditions to the Sources of the Mississippi…through the Western Parts of Louisiana.”
Separate atlas volume to accompany Zebulon M. Pike’s Account of the Expeditions to the Sources of the Mississippi… which documented the first government exploration of the Southwest, 1805–1807.
Wagner–Camp states Pike’s narrative was “occasionally accompanied by an [separate] atlas containing six maps, five of them folding.” This copy also has three folding statistical tables on “Nations of Indians” and “Furs and Peltries.”
Based on firsthand accounts, Pike’s work was illustrated with views and maps, considered “milestones in the mapping of the American West” (Wheat). Wheat notes:
[These were] the first maps of this entire region to display knowledge derived from actual exploration…these maps of the Plains areas west from the Mississippi to the Rocky Mountains and through an important portion of these mountains are maps of outstanding historic interest. They were beautifully drawn by Anthony Nau, and their engraving was outstanding, though unfortunately their engraver’s name is not stated. Viewed together, they offer a remarkable picture of an important stretch of country that had hitherto been known only through the vaguest of rumors, or from the reports of a few unlettered trappers and voyageurs. Of the mountain regions visited by Pike not a thing had been even whispered on the Atlantic coast, and despite the many errors and misconceptions of the young explorer, these documents are milestones in the mapping of the American West.
The atlas has been expertly rebacked, and preserves its original marbled and printed waste-paper-covered boards. The text printed upon the waste sheets remains legible, and contains a portion of then U. S. Representative James A. Bayard’s 1802 Speech on the Judiciary Establishment.
A key title for collectors of Western Americana and American cartography.
Description: An Account of Expeditions to the Sources of the Mississippi, and through the Western Parts of Louisiana…During the Years 1805, 1806, and 1807 [Atlas Volume].
[Philadelphia: Published by C. & A. Conrad, & Co. et al., 1810]. Quarto. First Edition. Six maps (five folding) and three fold-out tables. Quarter sheep and marbled waste- paper boards. Expertly rebacked to period style; small expert tissue mends to a few maps. Very good.
Howes P-373. Wagner-Camp 9:1. Streeter Sale 3125. Streeter Texas 1047. Wheat Transmississippi 297, 298, 299. Graff 3290. Field 1217. Hill 1357. Sabin 62936.