A reissue of the London, 1811 edition (in new type) of the first government exploration of the Southwest and one of the most important of all American travel narratives. Includes a new introduction by William M. Maguire. The American edition, Baltimore, 1810, was issued under title: An account of expeditions to the sources of the Mississippi, and through the western parts of Louisiana.
The report of the first United States expedition to the Southwest, here in the handsome first British edition. One of the most important American travel books, including accounts of Pike's explorations on the Mississippi, Red, and Arkansas rivers and his visit to the Spanish settlements in New Mexico. He also visited northern Texas, and Streeter considers his account excellent. The maps present in this edition are the "Map of the Interior Part of Louisiana" and a reduced version of the map of the Mississippi. The Pike expedition stands with the narratives of Lewis and Clark, and Long, as the most important of the early books on western exploration.