Quarto, [iii]-xxiv, 663pp, [1pp ads]. Marbled boards, contemporary half calf spine with gilt title and gilt bands. Lacking half title. Chipping and cracking of original spine, but reinforced at hinge. General wear to edges of boards. Light foxing to illustrations and maps, mostly clean interior pages. Contains a large engraved foldout map of Lewis and Clark’s Tract across the Western Portion of North America, from the Mississippi to the Pacific Ocean, additional engraved maps on 3 sheets, 5 maps in total. Housed in custom made clamshell case.
Comments: The first English edition is a reprint of the first American edition, printed in Philadelphia in 1814. The original sheets were sent to London, where English publisher, Dr. Thomas Rees, reprinted the American edition for a British audience. The English edition omits the appendix and the “Life of Lewis.” Rees notes that the appendix was omitted because it deals with United States Indian affairs, which are “altogether of a local nature.” The English edition does include a letter written by Thomas Jefferson in 1806 about the voyage and excerpts of a letter written from Lewis to Jefferson in April, 1805. The map is a close copy of the American edition map. (Sabin 40829)