Lot 1422: 3V Elliott Coues THE EXPEDITIONS OF ZEBULON MONTGOMERY PIKE 1895 Antique Limited Edition American History Travel & Exploration Jeffersonian Fold Out Maps Facsimile Letter Engraved Frontispiece
October 22, 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: The Expeditions of Zebulon Montgomery Pike, to Headwaters of the Mississippi River, through Louisiana Territory, and in New Spain, during the Years 1805-6-7.
Author: Elliott Coues - Elliott Coues was an American army surgeon, historian, ornithologist and author.
Among the most important of his publications, in several of which he had collaboration, are "A Field Ornithology" (1874); "Birds of the North-west" (1874); "Monographs on North American Rodentia, with J. A. Allen" (1877); "Birds of the Colorado Valley" (1878); "A Bibliography of Ornithology" (1878–1880, incomplete); "New England Bird Life" (1881); "A Dictionary and Check List of North American Birds" (1882); "Biogen, A Speculation on the Origin and Motive of Life" (1884); "The Daemon of Darwin" (1884); "Can Matter Think?" (1886); and "Neuro-Myology" (1887). He also contributed numerous articles to the "Century Dictionary," wrote for various encyclopaedias, and edited the "Journals of Lewis and Clark" (1893), "The Travels of Zebulon M. Pike" (1895), "New Light on the Early History of the Greater Northwest: The Manuscript Journals of Alexander Henry, Fur Trader of the Northwest Company and of David Thompson, Official Geographer and Explorer of the Same Company, 1799-1814" (1897) and "Forty Years A Fur Trader on the Upper Missouri: The Personal Narrative of Charles Larpenteur 1833-1872" (1898)
Publisher: Francis P. Harper
City: New York
Printing Information: Limited Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 3 Full Set: Yes
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.75"
Book Details: Zebulon Montgomery Pike (January 5, 1779 – April 27, 1813) was an American brigadier general and explorer for whom Pikes Peak in Colorado is named. As a U.S. Army officer he led two expeditions, first to reconnoiter the upper reaches of the Mississippi River in 1805-06 and then in 1806-07 to explore the Southwest to the fringes of the northern Spanish-colonial settlements. Pike's expeditions coincided with other Jeffersonian expeditions including the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804–1806) and the Thomas Freeman and Peter Custis expedition (1806). The second Pike Expedition crossed the Rocky Mountains into southern Colorado, which led to his capture by the Spanish, who sent Pike and his men to Chihuahua (present-day Mexico), for interrogation. Later in 1807 Pike and some of his men were escorted by the Spanish through Texas and released near American territory.
Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this work (the "best" edition according to Howes), numbered 642 out of 1150 on the verso of the half-title page.
This antique set is bound in brown cloth covers with stamped gilt lettering on the spines. Ex-library notation is visible on the spines. There is light to moderate rubbing an scuffing to the exteriors, heaviest at the corners and edges. The bindings have been repaired internally with archival tape. The text blocks are solid and are adorned with deckled edges. The tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece portrait depicts Pike. The pages show moderate age toning and occasional library stamps. This work is illustrated with a fold-out facsimile letter, a map of the Falls of St. Anthony, and all six fold-out maps in the third (index) volume (loose as issued, lacking the original pocket on the endpaper).
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