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Book Number 4613 
Author Keating, William H.  
Title Narrative of an Expedition to the Source of St. Peter’s River, Lake Winnepeek, Lake of the Woods, &c. Performed in the Year 1823, By Order of the Hon. J.C. Calhoun, Secretary of War, Under the Command of Stephen H. Long, U.S.T.E. 
Date c. 1825 
Publisher Geo. B. Whittaker 
Place of Publication London 
Edition First English Edition 
Volume Information Two Volumes 
Cover Contemporary half calf with marbled boards. Spine with gilt ruling and labels with gilt titles.  
Illustration Illustrated with frontis, folding map, and three plates in volume 1; two hand coloured plates, two plates, and three fold-out calenders in volume 2.  
Size 8vo (211x128mm).  
Condition Very good condition, text and plates clean. Faint library stamp on titles. 
Pagination P. Half Title, Blank, Blank, Frontis, Title, Publisher’s Note, Dedication, Blank, Preface (vii-xiii), Note, Contents, List of Plates, 1-458 (197 mispag. as 19); Half Title, Blank, Title, Publisher’s Note, Contents (iii-iv), 1-248, Appendix (1-146), (1-9).  
Reference Field 949, Graff 2280, Howes K20, Pilling 2066, Sabin 37137.  
Translation Info  
Notes The chief source of information on Stephen H. Long’s second expedition to survey the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Keating was a professor of chemistry and mining, and was chosen as the historian and geologist of the expedition. Field discusses the work as “almost a cyclopedia of material, relating to the Indians of the explored territory. Nothing escaped the attention the gentlemen who accompanied the expedition; and their statements regarding the customs, character, and numbers of the Sioux and Chippeway tribes, are among the most valuable we have of those people”. As a matter of fact, the work includes vocabularies of many Native tribes. The outstanding plates, from drawings of Samuel Seymour, were engraved by Hill. They depict scenes and Native Americans of the upper Mississippi. The map shows the Great Lakes, the Red River of the North, and the headwaters of the Mississippi, with the river’s beginnings and the complex hydrography of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and the border area depicted in much finer detail than ever previously shown. Thomas Say, the famous naturalist, made all the Botanical collections on this expedition.  
Price (US$) 1500  
Short Description Book Voyages General; Book Canada West;  

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