1850. [Washington: G.P.O., 1850]
8vo, 56 pp. disbound (but with blank front wrapper), in modern gray buckram folding box. Large folding “Map of the Territory of Minnesota Exhibiting the Route of the Expedition to the Red River of the North, in the Summer of 1849...” Small bookplate on upper left of front wrapper. Minor creasing and fold-tears to map.
§ First Edition. Captain Pope, then serving with the Corps of Topographical Engineers, led an expedition that roamed the unsettled western part of Minnesota Territory from June 6 to September 27, 1849. His report emphasizes the possibilities for settlement in the Red River Valley and calls for quick settlement of any claims by the three Native American tribes--Sioux, Winnebago, and Chippewa--then resident there. The fine, beautifully detailed map, measuring 560 x 675 mm, was the last mapping prior to statehood. Howes P479, Sabin 64117. Item #105114