New York: Arno Press, 1969. Octavo. Item #021837
In eight volumes (volume eight contains the maps). Edited by Reuben Gold Thwaites, with an introduction by Bernard De Voto. In the introduction...."Toward the end of 1802, President Thomas Jefferson asked the Spanish minister a carefully unofficial question. Would the Spanish court "take it badly," if the United States should send a small expedition to explore the course of the Missouri River" which lay wholly in the still Spanish territory of Louisiana? This history had become a national and international favorite, reprinted, translated and pirated. This expedition became the most important event of the American West. A very handsome near fine set bound in green cloth, facsimile manuscript letter paste-down, spines lettered and decorated in gilt. Previous owner's embossed stamp to front free endpapers. Very nice set.