"I can see no material or probable obstruction to our progress, and entertain, therefore, the most sanguine hopes of complete success. As to myself, individually, I never enjoyed a more perfect state of good health than I have since we commenced our voyage. My inestimable friend and companion, captain Clarke, has also enjoyed good health generally. At this moment every individual of the party is in good health and excellent spirits, zealously attached to the enterprise, and anxious to proceed; not a whisper of discontent or murmur is to be heard among them; but all in unison act with the most perfect harmony. With such men I have everything to hope, and but little to fear." -Captain Meriwether Lewis to President Thomas Jefferson, April 17th, 1805
FIRST ENGLISH EDITION of the definitive account of the travels of Lewis and Clark, the most important expedition in the history of the American continent. Although preceded by the Philadelphia printing of 1814 (published as History of the Expedition), this London edition of the same year was printed on larger, finer paper and in both typography and format is considered the superior edition.
"The most important of all overland narratives. . . . American explorers had for the first time spanned the continental United States and driven the first wedge in the settlement of our new far western frontier” (Grolier 100 American Books).
London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1814. Quarto, contemporary marbled boards superbly re-backed to style in modern three-quarter calf. A FINE COPY: text very clean, map with slight offsetting but otherwise fine with no tears. Rare in such good condition.
Price: $38,000 .