first edition viii, -262 pp. 1 vols. 12mo (6-5/8 x 4-1/8 inches)
1807 · Pittsburgh
by (Lewis and Clark) Gass, Patrick
Pittsburgh: Printed by Zadok Cramer for for David M'Keehan, Publisher and Proprietor, 1807. First Edition. viii, -262 pp. 1 vols. 12mo (6-5/8 x 4-1/8 inches). Publisher's leather-backed paper covered boards. Well worn, with the paper covering lacking from the rear cover. Corners rounded, approx. eight leaves with edge tears extending from the fore-edge margin, though with minimal loss to text, browning and dampstaining as usual. Housed in a blue morocco backed box. First Edition. viii, -262 pp. 1 vols. 12mo (6-5/8 x 4-1/8 inches). The Earliest Published Firsthand Account of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. First edition of the first full account by a Lewis and Clark expedition participant, preceding the official account by seven years. Gass was a sergeant who, by order of Lewis and at the insistence of Thomas Jefferson, kept a journal of the expedition's activities. "Gass became one of the best-known members of the expedition for several reasons: his key role as sergeant brought his name up frequently in the jourrnals of Lewis and Clark; his account was the first to be published; he was the first to have a biography written about him; and finally, he outlived the other members of the Corps of Discovery by several decades, dying at the age of ninety-nine in 1870" (Wagner-Camp)
"...One of the essential books for an Americana collection" (Streeter).
Printed in Pittsburgh in 1807, the work is rarely found in good condition. This example, even with its faults, a tall copy and desirable as being entirely unsophisticated. Howes G 77 "b"; Wagner-Camp 6:1; Sabin 26741; Shaw & Shoemaker 12646; Smith 3465; Streeter Sale V:3120: Graff 1516; Hill 685; Literature of Lewis and Clark 3.1; Field 594. Provenance: Mark Crawford (very early booklabel on sectional title (p. 9) and early manuscript annotations in the upper margin of most leaves noting the month of the journal entries
(Inventory #: 321829)