Lot 105: Fremont's Geographical Memoir Upon Upper CA w/map 1848

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Lot 105: Author: Frémont, John Charles; Title: Geographical Memoir Upon Upper California, in Illustration of his Map of Oregon and California by John Charles Frémont Addressed to the Senate of the United States; Place Published: Washington; Publisher: Wendell and Van Benthuysen; Date Published: 1848; Description: 67 pp. With large folding lithographed map. (8vo) 22.5x14 cm (9x5½"), modern plain green wrappers, custom chemise and box. First (i.e. Senate) issue.The short report was written primarily to explain the important map, drawn by Charles Preuss, which covers the entire West from the Rockies to the Pacific, measuring 83x66 cm., with a little hand coloring in outline. The map is titled "Map of Oregon and Upper California, From the Surveys of John Charles Fremont and Other Authorities. Drawn by Charles Preuss..." Wheat calls the it "the one great general map of 1848." He also comments that it is probably the first map, with a wide circulation, to locate the gold regions in California. The report of this third expedition of Fremont is uncharacteristically short, due to Fremont's court martial and resignation from military service. Nevertheless, it enjoyed great popularity since the discovery of gold was announced almost simultaneously with its publication. Cowan p.233; Graff 1429; Sabin 25837; Howes F366; Kurutz 256b; Wagner-Camp 150: 2; Wheat Gold Region 58; Wheat Transmississippi 559. Condition: Original printed wrappers not present, foxing throughout; map with short stub tear, a few small separations at intersection of folds, two longer splits along creases; very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $3000-5000
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