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1. Alter, J. Cecil. UTAH HISTORICAL QUARTERLY. Volume 15-The Exploration of the Colorado River in 1869. Salt Lake: Utah State Historical Society, 1947. 270 pages. Softbound covers show wear to the spine edges and corners. There is a spill stain to a portion of the bottom of the front cover. The pages are clean and tightly bound. One of the best primary sources for Colorado River exploration. $28.00

2. Alter, J. Cecil. James Bridger: Trapper, Frontiersman, Scout and Guide. A Historical Narrative. Long's College Book Co., 1951. Limited to 1,000 and signed by the author on the half-title page. Red covers show some wear to the spine edges and corners. A clean and tight copy. $38.50

3. Bachmann, Frederick W. The Land Between: Dr. James Schiel's Account of the Gunnison-Beckwith Expedition into the American West, 1853-1854. Los Angeles: Westernlore Press, 1957. Light wear to the book and dust jacket. A clean and tight copy. $30.00

4. Biddle, Nicholas. The Journals of the Expedition Under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark. Easton Press, 1962. 545 pages. Two volume set bound in full green leather, with raised leather bands on the spine and gold decoration on the front and back covers. All page edges are gilt. Very light wear to the corners. Overall very good condition. A beautiful publication of this classic and the exploration of the American West. $70.00

5. Brooks, George R., editor. THE SOUTHWEST EXPEDITION OF JEDEDIAH S. SMITH:  HIS PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF THE JOURNEY TO CALIFORNIA, 1826-1827. Glendale, California: Arthur H. Clark Co., 1977. 259 pages. Light wear to the corners. A clean and tight copy. Second printing. Clean and tight. $60.00

6. Brooks, Noah. FIRST ACROSS THE CONTINENT: THE STORY OF THE EXPLORING EXPEDITION OF LEWIS AND CLARK IN 1803-4-5. Palladium Press, 2007. Full black leather edition. Light wear. Overall very good condition. $19.50

7. Bryant, Edwin. WHAT I SAW IN CALIFORNIA: BEING THE JOURNAL OF A TOUR, BY THE EMIGRANT ROUTE AND SOUTH PASS OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS. Minneapolis: Ross & Haines, 1967. Very good condition in dust jacket with slight wear and small chips to the edges. Reprint edition. $15.00

8. Burton, Richard F. The City of the Saints and across the Rocky Mountains to California. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1963. 654 pages. Some shelf wear to binding and rubbing to spine and corners. The dust jacket has a few small tears to the edges. $15.00

9. Carter, Harvey Lewis. Zebulon Montgomery Pike: Pathfinder and Patriot. Printed by the Dentan Print. Co, 1956. 32 pages. Softbound covers. Some wear to the edges. A clean and tight copy. $8.50

10. Chuinard, E.G. Only One Man Died: The Medical Aspects of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Ye Galleon Press, 1998. 444 pages. Shelf wear and rubbing to the spine and corners. The white covers show some soiled spots. $12.50

11. Clarke, Dwight L. Stephen Watts Kearney, Soldier of the West. University of Oklahoma, 1961. 448 pages. Shelf wear to the binding. The dust jacket has a few small tears and chips to the edges. $75.00

12. Crampton, C. Gregory. The Discovery of the Green River. s.n, 1952. Grey softbound covers show light wear and some discoloration to the edges. $8.75

13. Dale, Harrison Clifford. The Ashley-Smith Explorations and the Discovery of a Central Route to the Pacific, 1822-1829. Arthur H. Clark, 1918. 352 pages. Shelf wear to binding and rubbing to spine and corners. Corners slightly bumped. Slight shelf wear to the spine and corners. The corners are slightly worn through. Slight fading to the spine. The binding is tight and overall this is a solid copy of the 1918 first edition. $100.00

14. Dellenbaugh, Frederick. A Canyon Voyage: The Narrative of the Second Powell Expedition Down the Green-Colorado River From Wyoming. New Haven, Connecituct: Yale University Press, 1926. 1926 printing. Blue cloth covers show shelf wear and rubbing to spine edges and corners. Corners slightly bumped $45.00

15. Dodge, Major Gen'l Grenville M. BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF JAMES BRIDGER, MOUNTAINEER, TRAPPER AND GUIDE. Hunz & Company, . Ex-library, with labels on the spine and a small label on the top of the front cover and labels inside the front cover. Shelf wear to the spine and corners. Binding is tight. This is a facsimile reprint edition. $10.00

16. Fremont, Jessie Benton. A Year of American Travel. Narrative of Personal Experience. The Book Club of California, 1960. Slight shelf wear, else VG in slightly worn dust jacket with slight soiling. Limited to 450 copies. $22.50

17. Fremont, John Charles. Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the Year 1842, And to Oregon and North California, in the Years 1843-44. Syracuse, New York: Hall & Dickson, 1848. 427 pages. This is the 1848 printing. This edition was issued without the large folding map. It has two plates and has advertisements at the back. Original black cloth binding. This copy has been nicely preserved, with only light shelf wear to the spine edges. The corners are slightly rubbed through. A few small discolored spots to the front cover. Gold illustration of an elk standing on rocks is present at the bottom of the spine. The pages are tightly bound. There is a dampstain to the top edges of the pages and some scattered foxing, mostly to the edges and margins of the pages. A beautiful copy of this important exploration narrative, which became one of the most influential publications the early history of migration in the American West. $150.00

18. Gregory, Herbert E. Scientific Explorations in Southern Utah. American Journal of Science, 1945. Softbound covers show some wear and slight discoloration to the edges. One small tear to the right side of the front cover. The pages are clean. $22.50

19. Gunnison, John W. THE MORMONS: OR LATTER-DAY SAINTS, IN THE VALLEY OF THE GREAT SALT LAKE. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1856. 168 pages. Shelf wear and rubbing to the spine edges and corners. Corners slightly bumped and slightly worn through. The binding is tight. Overall a nice clean copy. Binding is faded and corners are bumped. Ex-library label on spine. Binding is tight. A significant publication, both for Mormon history and exploration of the American West. Gunnison, for the most part, wrote a fair-minded history of the Mormons. He was acquainted with and associated extensively with the Mormon leaders and settlers in Utah Territory during his explorations and government survey work. He and his party were killed by an Indian ambush on October 26, 1853 near present day Delta, Utah. $24.50

20. Hafen, Leroy R. And Hafen W. TO THE ROCKIES AND OREGON, 1839-1842. Volume III (3) in the Far West and Rockies Series. Glendale, California: Arthur H. Clark, 1960. 315 pages. Ex-library, with labels on labels inside the covers. Shelf wear to the spine and corners. Binding is tight. $33.00

21. Hayden, F.V. Sixth Annual Report of the United States Geological Survey of the Territories, Embracing Portions of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah; Being a Report of Progress of the Explorations for the Year 1872. Government Printing Office, 1873. 1873 first edition. Original black cloth binding. There is shelf wear to the spine edges and the corners. A few small tears to the cloth at the edges of the front joint. The corners are bumped. The binding is tight. A dozen or so pages in the middle of the book have dog-eared edges. $110.00

22. Heap, Gwinn Harris. CENTRAL ROUTE TO THE PACIFIC, WITH RELATED MATERIAL ON RAILROAD EXPLORATIONS AND INDIAN AFFAIRS. Volume VII (7) in Far West and Rockies Series. Glendale, California: Arthur H. Clark Co, 1957. 346 pages. Ex-library, with labels on labels inside the covers. Shelf wear to the spine and corners. Binding is tight. $48.00

23. Hughes, John. Doniphan's Expedition: Account of the Conquest of New Mexico: General Kearney's Overland Expedition to California; Doniphan's Campaign against the Navajos; His Unparalleled March upon Chihuahua and Durango; and the Operations of General Price at Santa Fe. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1914. 202 pages. 1914 reprint of the original edition. Flexible black leather covers show quite a bit of wear and rubbing to the spine edges and the corners. The corners are rubbed through and bumped. A few small chips to the spine extremities. The binding is tight and the contents are complete. $65.00

24. James, Edwin. Account of an Expedition from Pittsburgh to the Rocky Mountains. Facsimile of the 1823 edition. 2 volumes. New York: Readex Microprint, 1966. 1966 facsimile reprint of the 1823 original edition. Two volume set in very good condition. $20.00

25. Kidder, Alfred. Explorations in Southwestern Utah in 1908. Archaeological Institute of America, 1910. Gray printed wrappers show some wear to the edges of the covers. Slight discoloration. $18.00

26. Lewis, Meriwether (Paul Allen & Archibald M'Vickar). History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clarke: To the Sources of the Missouri, Thence across the Rocky Mountains. Set of two volumes. Harper & Brothers, 1876. 1876 printing. Two volume set. Green cloth covers. Shelf wear and rubbing to the spine edges and corners. Corners are bumped.  A few small scuffed and rubbed spots to the binding. The text pages have slight browning to the edges. The fold-up map the front of volume 1 has one tear along a portion of one of the folds and a couple of creases, but is overall in presentable condition. $150.00

27. Lewis, William S. & Paul C. Phillips. The Journal of John Work: A Chief-Trader of the Hudson's Bay Company During His Expedition from Vancouver to the Flatheads and Blackfeet of the Pacific Northwest. The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1923. 209 pages. 1923 first printing. Some shelf wear to binding and rubbing to spine and corners. The corners are slightly bumped. A clean and tight copy. $125.00

28. Madsen, Brigham D. EXPLORING THE GREAT SALT LAKE: THE STANSBURY EXPEDITION OF 1849-50. Salt Lake: University of Utah, 1989. 889 pages. Signed by the author on the back panel of the dust jacket. Very good in slightly edge-worn dust jacket. With maps inserted in back pocket folder. An excellent reference book on the Stansbury expedition. $20.00

29. Miller, David E. The Route of the Dominguez-Escalante Expedition, 1776-77. Four Corners Regional Commission, 1976. 210 pages. Spiral-bound softcover edition. Some wear to the edges. A clean and tight copy. $75.00

30. Mumey, Nolie. John Williams Gunnison (1812-1853): the Last of the Western Explorers. Denver: Artcraft Press, 1955. Signed by author and limited to 500 copies. Iome shelf wear to binding and light rubbing to spine and corners. A clean and tight copy in beautiful condition. $110.00

31. Mumey, Nolie & none. Sacajawea. The Great American Indian Heroine Who Accompanied Lewis and Clark Up the Missouri River in 1804-1805. Johnson Publishing Company, 1959. Softbound white covers with stapled binding. Light wear to the edges of the covers. The bottom right corner of the front cover is slightly bumped. $15.00

32. Nuttall, Thomas. A JOURNAL OF TRAVELS INTO THE ARKANSAS TERRITORY DURING THE YEAR 1819. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma, 1980. Very good condition, both book and dust jacket. $20.00

33. Phillips, Paul C.-editor. FORTY YEARS ON THE FRONTIER AS SEEN IN THE JOURNALS AND REMINISCENCES OF GRANVILLE STUART, GOLD MINER, TRADER, MERCHANT, RANCHER AND POLITICIAN. Glendale, California: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1957. 265 pages. Shelf wear to binding and rubbing to spine and corners. Corners slightly bumped. $28.00

34. Pierce, Henry H. Report of an Expedition from Fort Colville to Puget Sound, Washington Territory, by Way of Lake Chelan and Skagit River. Ye Galleon Pr, 1975. 27 pages. Softbound covers. Light shelf wear to the edges of the covers. $22.00

35. Quaife, Milo M. Kit Carson's Autobiography. Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1935. 192 pages. Slight shelf wear to spine and corners. Lakeside Classic edition. $40.00

36. Ray, Verne F. LEWIS AND CLARK AND THE NEZ PERCE INDIANS. Washington, D.C.: Potomac Corral, 1971. 26 pages. Softbound covers. Slight shelf wear. A publication of the Potomac Corral of Westerners. $11.95

37. Rees, John E. & One Illustrations. Madame Charbonneau, The Indian Woman Who Accompanied the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Lemhi County Historical Society, 1970. Softbound covers with stapled binding. Slight discoloration to the covers and slight wear to the edges. $9.00

38. Richard Wood, J. Ross Browne & Spencer Murray. Explorations in Lower California: A Travel Account Penned in 1866 of the Cape Region With Appropriate 1966 Commentary and Guide to Present Resorts and Accommodations. Vaquero Books, 1966. Limited to 1,000 copies. Slight shelf wear to the spine and corners. $40.00

39. Stansbury, Howard. An Expedition to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake.  University Microfilms, 1966. Light wear to the spine and corners. $6.50

40. Stegmier, Mark Joseph &  David Miller. James F. Milligan: His Journal of Fremont's Fifth Expedition, 1853-1854. His Adventurous Life on Land and Sea. Arthur H Clark, 1988. 300 pages. Fine condition in the plain white dust jacket. Dust jacket has slight soiling. $15.00

41. Thwaites, Reuben Gold. A Brief History of Rocky Mountain Exploration. D. Appleton and Company, 1904. Red cloth covers show some wear to the spine edges and rubbing to spine and corners. P clean and tight copy. $40.00

42. Thwaites, Reuben Gold-editor. EARLY WESTERN TRAVELS, 1748-1846. A Series of Annotated Reprints of Some of the Best and Rarest Contemporary Volumes of Travel. Complete set, of 32 volumes, including the rare large elephant folio Maximilan Atlas-Volume 25. Cleveland, Ohio: Arthur H. Clark, 1904. This set is complete. A landmark set, documenting the history of travel and exploration in the early American West. Volume 29 is rebound in red buckram. All of the other volumes are their original bindings. The atlas volume has wear and rubbing to the spine edges, with some chipping to the cloth at the top of the spine. There is fading and rubbing and the corners are worn. The binding is tight and the plates are complete. There are a few tears to the margins or corners of some of the atlas volume, but none of the beautifully illustrated plates are affected.  The atlas has a total of 81 plates, with an accompanying fold-out map at the back of the book, showing the routes and travels of Maximillian.This is a  complete set of 32 volumes. The rare large folio atlas, published as a companion volume to the Maximillian volumes, is present. This set also includes the two index volumes. All volumes are bound in the original cloth. There is a varying degree of wear and rubbing to the bindings, with volumes having some staining and scuffing. This set is complete. A landmark publication in the documenting the history of travel and exploration in the early American West. Volume 29 is rebound in older maroon buckram. All of the other volumes are their original bindings. The atlas volume has wear and rubbing to the spine edges, with some chipping to the cloth at the top of the spine. There is fading and rubbing and the corners are worn. The binding is tight and the plates are complete. There are a few tears to the margins or corners of some of the Atlas volume, but none beautifu illustrated plates are affected.  The Atlas has a total of 81 plates, with an accompanying map showing the routes and travels of Maximillian. The atlas is almost impossible to find with a set. Many were cut apart and sold for the large beautiful plates contained therein. A monumental American exploration work. $1975.00

43. Vandiveer, Clarence A. THE FUR TRADE AND EARLY WESTERN EXPLORATION. Cleveland, Ohio: Arthur H. Clark, 1929. 316 pages. Green cloth binding shows some wear to the spine edges and the corners. A clean and tight copy  $47.50

44. Wesley Powell, Grove Karl Gilbert Clare. Report on the Lands of the Arid Region of the United States. BiblioLife, 2008. 210 pages. This is a 2008 facsimile reprint of the 1879 first edition. Olossy softbound covers in very good condition. $15.00

45. Wheeler, Owen D. THE TRAIL OF LEWIS AND CLARK, 1804-1904. Complete set in two volumes. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1904. Complete set of two volumes. Volume I has been recased, with original cloth spine laid over. Volume II is entirely rebound in maroon library buckram. Both fold-out maps are present, as are all illustrations. Moderate shelf wear to the books. There are labels on the covers and inside the covers and library marks on the spine. Bindings are tight. $45.00

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