Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Co., 1852. Decorative Cloth. First Issue, with heading "Special Session, March, 1851. Senate. Executive. No. 3" (the second issue was for use of the House). With the separately issued atlas volume. Demy 8vo (227 x 137mm): 487,pp, with 34 tinted lithographs (including frontispiece and three folding panoramas), folding facsimile 1710 map of North America, and 23 black and white engravings of reptiles, insects, botanicals, and fossils; plus six appendices of data and scientific reports. Reptile and plant plates bound out of sequence, as often. Original plum cloth, spine lettered and stamped in gilt with eagle-and-shield device, covers paneled in blind with central eagle-and-shield motif. Inscribed on front fly-leaf: "To Miss Bascom / from her / Mother's friend / A. Dodge / Sept 18, 1872." Atlas volume: Original chocolate brown cloth case binding, covers paneled in blind, upper cover lettered in gilt, lower with central eagle-and-shield device in blind, with two huge folding maps: The first map (1,676 x 762mm) is titled (in part) "Fort Leavenworth on the Missouri River and the Great Salt Lake in the Territory of Utah . . . Drawn by Lieut. Gunnison and Albert Carrington," with contemporary inscription to verso reading "Sarah E. Edwards from Chas E. Edwards." The second map (1,118 x 559mm) is titled "Map of Great Salt Lake and Adjacent Country in the Territory of Utah, Surveyed in 1849 and 1850 . . . by Capt. Howard Stansbury . . . Drawn by Lieut. Gunnison and Charles Preuss." Both maps with occasional splits along the numerous folds (no loss of content), else virtually pristine. An exceptional set, tightly bound and clean throughout, both volumes in original decorative cloth. Transmississippi West III, pp. 117-126 and 764-65. Howes S 884. Field 1490. Wagner-Camp 219:2. Graff 3947. Flake 8360. Sabin 90372. Item #BB2435
In 1849, Captain Howard Stansbury set off on a two-year topographical expedition to survey the Great Salt Lake and its surroundings, to scout locations for a transcontinental railroad and provide the first serious scientific exploration of the flora and fauna of the Great Salt Lake Valley. "Of particular interest were the newly established Mormon settlements, and the routes and passes through the Rockies and possibly a railroad." (Wagner-Camp) The exceptional large folding maps in the atlas volume maps present "some arresting new geography of Great Salt Lake and Utah valleys. . . . bringing permanently into Western cartography a number of outstanding details. . . . [and making] the Stansbury expedition map one of the most important of its decade." (Transmississippi West) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).