MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, IN COMPLIANCE WITH A RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE, COMMUNICATING A REPORT OF AN EXPEDITION LED BY LIEUTENANT ABERT, ON THE UPPER ARKANSAS AND THROUGH THE COUNTRY OF THE CAMANCHE INDIANS, IN THE FALL OF THE YEAR 1845. JUNE 16, 1846. -- READ, AND REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON MILITARY AFFAIRS. JULY 11, 1846. -- ORDERED TO BE PRINTED, WITH MAPS AND SKETCHES OF SCENERY: AND THAT 2,000 COPIES IN ADDITION TO THE USUAL NUMBER BE PRINTED, 100 OF WHICH SHALL BE FOR THE USE OF THE TOPOGRAPHICAL BUREAU [caption title]. [Washington, D. C.], 1846. 22.5x14 cm (octavo), pp.  2-75 [76: blank], 11 lithographed plates, 2 lithographed maps, one folded, modern quarter leather and marbled boards, spine panel lettered and tooled in black. First edition. Issued as United States, 29th Congress, 1st Session, Senate Document 438, Serial 477. "The report begins on August 9, 1845 at Bent's Fort. The party traveled south to the Raton Mountains and thence down the Canadian River, returning through the Creek Nation and arriving at Fort Gibson on October 21. Abert made the first astronomical observations in this unknown country, and his map is therefore of great importance" (Wagner, Camp and Becker). The large map, 49.3x71 cm, is "Map Showing the Route pursued by the Exploring Expedition to New Mexico and the Southern Rocky Mountains made under the order of Captain J. C. Frémont U. S. Topographical Engineers and conducted by Lieut. J. W. Abert, assisted by Lieut. W. G. Peck, U. S. T. E. during the year 1845 ... Scale 31.56.99 miles to an inch." It shows the Platte and its north and south forks from the Missouri River to the Rockies, the Arkansas and Canadian Rivers, etc., with locations of Sioux, Pawnee, Arapahoe, Cheyenne, Comanche and Kiowa Indians. The smaller map is "Sketch of a Day's Travel Scale 4 miles to 1 inch." The lithographed illustrations in the report were made from Abert's watercolor sketches. His journal of 1845, edited by John Galvin, was published by John Howell Books in San Francisco in 1970. Graff 6. Howes A10. Sabin 59. Streeter 161. Some tanning to text paper, map has a bit of wear at fold intersections, a very good copy with clean map and plates. A lovely copy. (#166994).
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