Washington, DC: Senate Document 243, 1843. Large folding map and six plates. Modern marbled wrapper with title label. Occasional small spots of foxing. Very good. Item #3720
This is the first issue of the report on Fremont’s first expedition to the Rocky Mountains. Streeter notes: “The expedition was designed by Senator Benton and the expansionist group in Congress to publicize the first main division of the route to Oregon, for though this was well known to the fur traders, the region west of the Missouri was still terra incognita to the general public.” The report, written by Fremont and his wife, Jessie, was widely reprinted and added to popular interest in Western settlement, as well as helped establish Fremont’s celebrity as “The Pathfinder.” Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow reaction to the report was: "Frémont has touched my imagination. What a wild life, and what a fresh kind of existence! But ah, the discomforts!" (quoted in Hampton Sides’ Blood and Thunder).
Howes, USiana, F-371. Streeter Sale: 3130. Wagner-Camp, The Plains and Rockies, 95. For the map: Wheat, Transmississippi West, 464.