History of the Expedition of Captains Lewis and Clark by James K. Hosmer, Two-Volume Special Edition Set #33 of 75, 1904

Lewis, Meriwether. Clark, William. History of the Expedition of Captains Lewis and Clark. 1804- 5- 6. Introduction and Index by James K. Hosmer. Chicago: A. C. McClure & Co., 1904. Limited Centennial edition. Two volumes.

The published journals of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, chronicling their momentous expedition of discovery into the newly purchased Louisiana Territory in 1804-1806. This is the 1904 reprinted edition of the 1814 originals, and includes all portraits and maps. This 1904 scarce printing was issued as the Centennial edition of the journals, printed by James Hosmer. It is number 33 of only 75 copies, presented in beautiful full-calf leather bindings, with gilt-embossed spine.

The Lewis and Clark Expedition, also known as the Corps of Discovery Expedition, was the first American expedition to cross what is now the western portion of the United States. It began near St. Louis, made its way westward, and passed through the continental divide to reach the Pacific coast. 

The expedition was composed of a selected group of U.S. Army volunteers under the command of Captain Meriwether Lewis and his close friend, Second Lieutenant William Clark. Their perilous journey lasted from May 1804 to September 1806. The primary objective was to explore and map the newly acquired territory, to find a practical overland route across the western half of the continent, and to establish an American presence a territory already eyed by Britain and other European powers. 

The campaign's secondary objectives were scientific and economic: to study the area's plants, animal life, and geography, and to establish trade with local Native American tribes. With maps, sketches, and journals in hand, the expedition returned to St. Louis to report its findings to Jefferson.


Very good condition. Internally very clean pages, no foxing. Large paper edition. Edition page indicates this is 33/75 in the edition. Two volumes. This work is illustrated with tissue-guarded frontispiece and other plates, as well as a well-preserved fold-out map.

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