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Legends of the West: Western & Native American Sale

Sat, Sep 23, 2023 11:00AM EDT
Lot 136

1st Ed Journals of the Expedition of Lewis & Clark

Estimate: $500 - $1,000

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$50 $10
$100 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $250
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$10,000 $1,000
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$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000
For your consideration is this first edition volumes I and II of “The Journals of the Expedition Under the Command of Capt.'s Lewis and Clark: to the Sources of the Missouri, thence across the Rocky Mountains and down the river Columbia to the Pacific Ocean, performed during the years 1804-5-6 by order of the Government of the United States.” This book was edited by Nickolas Biddle. The introduction is by John Bakeless and the water color and drawing illustrations are by Carl Bodmer and other contemporary artists. John Bakeless has written over a dozen books, including "Lewis and Clark, Partners in Discovery”, one of the first and foremost scholarly works on Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. This edition also includes sixteen full-page plates in four, five, and six colors. Thirteen of the plates are from paintings by Carl Bodmer and three paintings are by George Bird King. They are bound in decorated parchment-toned buckram with a map design in sepia and buckram spine labels, hand-lettered and stamped in pure gold leaf. They are on the original slipcase. The condition of this two-volume set is good, stains and slight scuffing noted on cover. Intact pages are clean, age tanning or foxing not observed. The measurements of these books are 8.25"W x 12"L x 1"D each.

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