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THE CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF OREGON 1811-1912 (4 Volumes, Complete, SIGNED BY AUTHOR); (With notice of antecedent explorations)

Gaston, Joseph Four Volumes, each measuring 8" wide x 10.5" high. 3940 pages total (684; 1060; 1096;1100), Three-Quarter bound (corners and wraparound spines of handsome leather) Morocco leather (goatskin) over rugged teal boards. Bright gilt lettering to spines. Endpapers are a marbling of duo-tone forest and light green, alternately patterned in nested waves, laced throughout with brilliant gold outlines. Marbling to all edges in a lighter version of the green-and-gilt endpapers described above. A few nicks and creases, and some rubbing to corners. Hinges are all tight and strong. Very heavy set. SIGNED: "At the age of seventy-nine. Yours truly, Joseph Gaston, Nov. 14, 1912. First Edition. Joseph Gaston was a local historian, journalist, railroad-builder and farmer who settled outside of Portland, Oregon. This exhaustive and beautiful labor of love, which followed his history of Portland, consists of one volume of history and three volumes of family histories of Oregonians -- where they came from, where they settled and worked -- how they spent their time -- children - civic and/or political participation, accomplishments, etc. The biographical sketches are, all in all, highly informative but folksy as well. "Captain Henry Wade. The Umpqua and Coquille Rivers around Gardiner, Oregon and for many miles in its vicinity are as open books to Captain Henry Wade, who has been familiar with these streams in their various aspects for many years, as commander of different steamboats plying upon them.He has now retired from river traffic and is giving his time to the management of the comfortable fortune which he acquired through judicious investments during his active work."
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HISTORY OF THE EXPEDITION UNDER THE COMMAND OF LEWIS AND CLARK, TO THE SOURCES OF THE MISSOURI RIVER, THENCE ACROSS THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS AND DOWN THE COLUMBIA RIVER TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN, PERFORMED DURING THE YEARS 1804-5-6, BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES. (THREE VOLUMES); A New Edition. Faithfully reprinted from the only authorized edition of 1814, with copious critical commentary, prepared upon examination of unpublished official archives and many other sources of information including a diligent study of the Original Manuscript and Journals and Field Notebooks of the Explorers

Coues, Elliott Lacks last (4th) volume with the three maps. Green cloth with spine tites in gilt. Covers bright, Usual slight bumps to bottom of spines from shelving and also slight bumping to corners as usual. Previous owner's name to front pastedown of two volumes and front endpaper of Volume I. 1-inch hole to front free endpaper of Volume I where label was removed, and minor abrasion to front pastedown of other two volumes where label was removed. Limited to 1,000 copies with this numbered 277. Three volumes. NOTE: lacks the atlas [volume IV]. Volume I: Engraved frontis portrait of Lewis, 2 facsimile letters. Volume II: engraved frontis portrait of Clark. Volume III includes appendices and Remarks and Reflections. Total of 1298 pages. Interiors clean and bright. "This manuscript is a close hand-written transcript of the Lewis and Clark journals. The transcript ("an exact copy, word for word, letter for letter, and point for point") was begun around December 1892 by "expert copyist" Mary Anderson at the request of Elliott Coues (Cutright, History 89), and was completed in 1893. "Elliott Coues had been hired by [publisher] Francis Harper to annotate the 1814 Biddle/Allen narrative of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. During his research, Coues became aware of the publication potential of Lewis and Clark's original journals, and as a result decided to have this copy made. Although Coues never succeeded in bringing the complete journals to publication, he did begin work on the project by writing footnotes on the backs of some of the pages." This particular edition, called by Americana expert and bibliographer Wright Howes "The most scholarly edition." includes the complete journal text's kept by Lewis and Clark, 1804-1806, as they explored the Louisiana Purchase and crossed North America to the Pacific Ocean by land. Very nice condition of a scarce and eminently authoritative edition of these key records of American exploration (and expansionism).
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Emory, W.H. (William Hemsley) Handsomely reound into two full black leather bindings with spine titles in gilt -- book in one, wall map in the other. 416 pages. 40 plates (includes 26 plates of scenery, 14 plates of botany by Endicott). Three sketch maps. Large folding map, in stunning condition, approximately 68 by 30 inches [Now mounted on linen, and housed in separate clamshell box.] Minor foxing to preliminary pages and one internal page. 2-inch tear to title page, along seam. Lithography by E. Weber of Baltimore. Map rarely found in this superb condition. One of 1000 of the special Senate issue, with Emory's rank given as Lt. Colonel. Wagner-Camp 148; Howes E-145; Reese 103; Graff 1249; Etter 114; Zamorano 80-33. "Lieutenant William H. Emory was assigned to General Stephen Watts Kearny's 'Army of The West' in 1846, under orders to take possession of New Mexico and California. Emory's NOTES.became an important guide for emigrants in the rush of 1849.He also mapped the route of the Mormon Battalion over the Southern Trail and along the San Pedro River to Tucson and to the Gila Trail at the Pima villages. (Some ethnographic notes by A. Gallatin). "Emory went on to [further] explore the overland route to California and took part in the American conquest of southern California. The text is illustrated with some of the first American views of the far Southwest. The wall-sized folding map -- here in beautiful condition -- "Military reconnaissance of the Arkansas, Rio del Norte and Rio Gila", 'is called 'epochmaking' by Wheat, and provided cartographical details of much of the country. With this work, Emory also made an important scientific contribution, especially in the botanical section written by John Torrey." NOTES provided goldseekers with valuable information by discussing various Indian groups, thus allaying fears about tribes the pioneers might meet along the appears that the majority of emigrants had both Emory's book and map with them, and they all found their way by connecting with the various landmarks Emory so gracefully described." "December 16, 1847. Read, and ordered to be printed; and that 1000 copies, in addition to the usual number be printed for the use of the Senate.". ; Includes reports by Abert and Cooke. ("A preliminary Senate issue has a title page with Emory's rank correctly given as "Lieut. Col." and some copies have the large map in a pocket. Though this issue "has been described as the 'first issue of the first edition', Wagner-Camp claims this "is questionable" since there were different issues of the NOTES issued with or without maps, truncated report by Cooke, report by Johnson, several even with hand-colored plates, etc. According to Wagner-Camp, Plate VI, labeled "Baileya multiflora" ("as in all House . copes", is incorrect.