Jun 21, 2016 - Sale 2420

Sale 2420 - Lot 242

Price Realized: $ 3,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,500
(OREGON.) Palmer, Joel. Journal of Travels over the Rocky Mountains, to the Mouth of the Columbia River. iv, [9]-189 as issued, plus errata slip tipped to final leaf. 12mo, original printed wrappers, worn and lacking most of backstrip; moderate foxing, dampstaining to early leaves, a bit of vermin damage in the upper margin of the final four leaves; pencil list of names on final blank. In modern 1/4 calf tray case by Wiering with magnetic closures. Cincinnati, OH, 1847

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first edition, first state (with uncorrected text) of an important early account of the overland journey to Oregon. It includes the first known attempt to ascend Mount Hood; Palmer reached the 9000-foot level in moccasins, searching for a route through the Cascades for his wagon train. "Most reliable of the early guides to Oregon; in addition, the best narrative by a participant in the overland migration of 1845, which more than doubled the population of Oregon"--Howes P47 ("dd" in wrappers--"superlatively rare, almost unobtainable"). Includes 10 pages of Chinook and Nez Perce vocabulary, and a very early printing of the Organic Laws of Oregon. Field 1165; Graff 3171; Pilling 2886; Sabin 58358; Streeter sale V:3146 ("the only contemporary narrative, by a participant, of the migration of 1845"); Wagner-Camp 136:1. This is the first complete copy of a Howes "dd" book we have handled in at least 10 years. Only two other complete first-issue copies in wrappers have appeared at auction in the past 50 years: the Streeter and the Siebert-Snider copies.