GREENHOW, Robert (1800-1854). The History of Oregon and California, and the other territories on the north-west coast of North America; accompanied by a geographical view and map of those countries
GREENHOW, Robert (1800-1854). The History of Oregon and California, and the other territories on the north-west coast of North America; accompanied by a geographical view and map of those countries... London: John Murray, 1844.
8vo., (8 5/8 x 5 ¾ inches). Half title. Fine folding engraved “Map of the Western & Middle Portions of North America, to illustrate the History of California, Oregon, and other Countries on the North-West Coast of America” (a bit browned). Original publisher’s green cloth, the spine lettered in gilt (large chip to head of spine, which is faded to brown).
Provenance: Contemporary manuscript ownership inscription of Octavius P. Hartz to title page.
First edition. Originally published in 1840 as a Senate document, this edition of “The History of Oregon and California” was expanded and includes a new map: “Robert Greenhow published in 1844 a large map wholly different from his Burr-drawn map of 1840, drawn this time by George H. Ringgold (not the Cadwalader Ringgold of later California coastal chart fame). It covered ‘the Western and Middle Portions of North America,’ to illustrate Greenhow’s History of Oregon and California.... The map, while well drawn and engraved, contains nothing original, though it is up-to-date enough to have a bit of Fremont in it, and ‘Eustis Lake’ is here called ‘Sublette Lake,’ a survival of Jedediah Smith through Burr or Wilkes. No northern boundary of the ‘Oregon Region’ is shown west of the Rockies, and since Greenhow was an advocate of at least 54o 40', he did not even carry the northern boundary across from the mountains on that line. It is said that his History of Oregon and California grew out of his 1840 Memoir. And his reply to Thomas Falconer, and the latter’s rejoinder, followed by a sur-reply and a sur-rejoinder, and so on, form an amusing chapter of Western history” (Wheat).