JEDEDIAH SMITH AND HIS MAPS OF THE AMERICAN WEST BY DALE L. MORGAN AND CARL I. WHEAT WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY CARL I. WHEAT. San Francisco: California Historical Society, MCMLIV . 43.2x28 cm (folio), pp. [1-8] 1-86 [87-88: blank], 7 facsimile maps (6 folded), three in pocket at rear, printed in red and black throughout, original red cloth, spine panel stamped in gold, fore-edge untrimmed. Limited to 530 copies printed by Lawton R. Kennedy. The first work to consider Jedediah Smith's maps in detail. Includes the first publication of the "Frémont-Gibbs-Smith" map, the earliest record of Smith's explorations, found in 1953 by Wheat in the collections of the American Geographical Society. "The most respected and most widely traveled Western explorer of his era (1822-1831), Jedediah Strong Smith passed from the scene when only thirty-two years of age, and both the man and his extraordinary career were long largely forgotten. Today, however, Smith is accorded a place in American exploration overshadowed only by Lewis and Clark. As a single figure he stands second to none; as a cartographer his achievements were unequaled for almost a generation" (prospectus). Issued as California Historical Society, "Special Publication No. 26." Cloth lightly rubbed at edges, light fading to top edge of front panel, a very good copy with interior and maps in fine condition. Prospectus laid in. (#166997).