Geographical Memoir upon Upper California, in illustration of his Map of Oregon and California, by John Charles Frémont: Addressed to the Senate of the United States. [Senate Misc. Document No. 148].

Washington: Wendell and Van Benthuysen, Printers, 1848. 8vo, 67 pp. Original blue wrappers. Old creasing and some waterstaining throughout, wrappers edgeworn and soiled, lower panel detached and with one corner torn away. Complete in good condition. First edition of Frémont’s narrative accompaniment to his “Map of California and Oregon” (1848), prepared with the cartographer Charles Preuss on his third expedition to the Western territories. The third expedition was held as war with Mexico loomed and Frémont himself did much to stir up American settlers against the Mexican government. Over the following two years this pamphlet informed many in America of the territory being fought over (an additional printing of 20,100 copies was ordered in June of 1848 for use by the Senate and the Topographical Bureau); it also became an indispensable reference source once gold was discovered: “Frémont’s work... was included in many Gold Rush compendia... His report provided gold seekers with a reliable summary of the terrain they were about to encounter.” Kurutz, The California Gold Rush, 256a. As Howe notes the map was “not issued in all copies, if in any, but intended to accompany the pamphlet”. Howes F-366. Sabin 25837. (Item Id: 108490)

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