A HISTORY OF OREGON, CONTAINING A CONDENSED ACCOUNT OF THE MOST IMPORTANT VOYAGES AND DISCOVERIES. OF THE SPANISH, AMERICAN AND ENGLISH NAVIGATORS ON THE NORTH WEST COAST OF AMERICA...
by Tucker, Ephraim W.
Buffalo: A.W. Wilgus, 1844. 84pp. 20th-century blue three-quarter morocco and cloth, spine gilt. Light foxing, heavier to outer leaves. Very good. An extremely rare and early history of the Oregon Territory, with significant description and discussion of the potential U.S.-Great Britain boundary dispute. In the introduction to the 1970 reprint edition, Glen Adams writes, "The Tucker HISTORY OF OREGON is an extremely rare book, by far the rarest of the several histories of the area that were printed while the Oregon country was jointly occupied by the United States and Great Britain, and of course before the International Boundary had been set at the 49th parallel...." He also notes that not much is known about the author, beyond that he wrote a book entitled FIVE MONTHS IN LABRADOR AND NEWFOUNDLAND DURING THE SUMMER OF 1838 (Concord, 1839). Tucker is obviously an American partisan, advocating the claim of the United States to the full Oregon Country. This position was actively voiced in the 1844 Presidential campaign as "54' 40'' or fight!", meaning that the United States should get the entire Oregon Country north to 54' 40" north latitude west of the Rocky Mountains as defined by the 1818 treaty between Great Britain and the United States. In 1846, occupied with fighting Mexico and siezing California and the Southwest, the Polk administration compromised with England, and the final boundary was set at 49' north latitude from the Great Lakes to the Pacific. Only a handful of copies in OCLC, and no copies appearing in auction records for the past forty plus years; the last we can find is at the Lester Bauer in 1958 ($475). This is the first copy we have handled in 42 years of active dealing in Western Americana. HOWES T378, "c." GRAFF 4203. BRADFORD 5496. WICKERSHAM 4133. SABIN 97298. McMURTRIE, BUFFALO IMPRINTS, 98.
(Inventory #: WRCAM51707)
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