Lot 26: Josiah Gregg Commerce of the Prairies 1844

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Lot 26: Author: Gregg, Josiah Title: Commerce of the Prairies: or a Journal of a Santa Fe Trader, during Eight Expeditions across the Great Western Prairies, and a Residence of Nearly Nine Years in Northern New Mexico Place Published: New York Publisher: Henry G. Langley Date Published: 1844 Description: 2 volumes. 320; 318 pp. With 2 steel-engraved frontispieces; 4 wood-engraved plates; 2 engraved maps (1 folding); 5 illustrations in the text. (8vo) 19x11.3 cm (7?x4?") original dark brown embossed cloth, gilt vignettes on front covers & spines, spines lettered in gilt. First Edition, first issue. Important work on the opening of the west prior to the Gold Rush, with a significant map. Just a touch of wear to spine ends, light foxing to title-pages, frontispieces and occasionally within; near fine, bright copies, much nicer that generally encountered, each volume in custom cloth slipcase. Provenance: Parker Books of the West, 4/91. PBA Galleries' Rare Cartography, Exploration & Voyages Thursday, 3rd December 2015 Estimate: $2000-3000
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