Narrative of an Expedition to the Source of St. Peter's River

William H. KEATING

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THE LONG EXPEDITION OF 1823, WITH VALUABLE DESCRIPTIONS OF THE SIOUX AND CHIPPEWAY AND FOLDING MAP OF THE WESTERN ROUTE

KEATING, William H. Narrative of an Expedition to the Source of St. Peter's River, Lake Winnepeek, Lake of the Woods, Performed in the Year 1823. London: Whittaker, 1825. Two volumes. Octavo, original drab boards, original printed paper spine labels, uncut. $2000.

First English edition of the leading work on Major Long’s second expedition to explore the headwaters of the Mississippi, with large folding map of the route, eight engraved plates, three folding tables and a comparative vocabulary of four tribal languages. Desirable in original boards.

Keating was a trained mineralogist and historiographer, who accompanied the second western expedition organized under Major Stephen Long; the first had been the 1820 expedition to the Rocky Mountains described in James' Expedition from Pittsburgh to the Rocky Mountains. Keating's account is "almost a cyclopedia of material relating to the Indians of the explored territory. Nothing escaped the attention of 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" (Field). Volume II contains a valuable ten-page comparative vocabulary of the Sauk, Sioux, Chippeway and Cree languages. First published in Philadelphia in 1824. Wagner-Camp 26b:2. Sabin 37137. See Field 949.

Interiors clean. Expert restoration to original paper spine, wear to original printed paper spine labels. An excellent copy in original boards.

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