OREGON; OR A SHORT HISTORY OF A LONG JOURNEY FROM THE ATLANTIC OCEAN TO THE REGION OF THE PACIFIC, BY LAND; DRAWN UP FROM THE NOTES AND ORAL INFORMATION OF JOHN B. WYETH, ONE OF THE PARTY WHO LEFT MR. NATHANIEL J. WYETH, JULY 28th, 1832, FOUR DAYS' MARCH BEYOND THE RIDGE OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS, AND THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS RETURNED TO NEW ENGLAND
by Wyeth, John B.
Cambridge, Ma.: Printed for John B. Wyeth, 1833. 12mo. 20th-century three-quarter blue morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt. Hinges and spine extremities rubbed, corners slightly so. Engraved bookplate on front pastedown. Moderate to heavy foxing throughout. Very good. A famed high spot of Western Americana. This important and rare record is a milestone in the history of the exploration and settlement of the West, being an account of the first overland expedition across America. John B. Wyeth witnessed the events described. He was a member of the group of emigrants led by his cousin, Nathaniel Wyeth. Departing from Cambridge, Massachusetts in March 1832, the party travelled overland via New Orleans and St. Louis to Oregon and the Rockies in search of riches in the fur trade. They succeeded in crossing the Rockies and got to within 400 miles of the Pacific. The inspiration for the venture seems to have been "Hall J. Kelley's pamphlets on the colonization of Oregon....From Kelley's accounts it appears that Nathaniel Wyeth, Dr. Jacob Wyeth, and several other members of the company had originally enrolled in Kelley's emigrating society" (Wagner-Camp). According to Sabin and Wagner-Camp, the narrative was edited and possibly written by Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse. This copy does not include the one-line errata slip that is pasted to the verso of the title-leaf in a few copies. It seems possible that its absence (as in the Streeter, Graff, and Bancroft copies) is an indication of it's being an early issue, before the errors were detected. GRAFF 476. HOWES W717, "c." SABIN 105649. SMITH 11236. STREETER SALE 2091. TWENEY 88. WAGNER-CAMP 47.
(Inventory #: WRCAM51663)
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