New York: Francis P. Harper, 1893. Limited Edition. Hardcover. 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. Very Good Plus. Item #74386
Limited to 1,000 copies with this numbered 277. 3 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).