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LANDS OF OPPORTUNITY
TO THE PACIFIC AND BEYOND
Victory over Mexico and the discovery of gold in California pushed the West toward statehood. In 1959, Hawaii became the 50th state to enter the Union.
Route from Liverpool to Great Salt Lake Valley. Liverpool: F.D. Richards, 1855.
One of the most important works devoted to the Mormon emigration, Route from Liverpool was produced as a means of attracting more European converts to Utah. The author made a trip to America in 1853 to make sketches for the plates which were reproduced as steel engravings and wood cuts. He traveled from New Orleans, visited St. Louis and Nauvoo, Illinois, and journeyed through the southern Rockies to Salt Lake City. The highly detailed views are among the earliest representations of the southern route to Utah.
Report of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the year 1842, and to Oregon and North California in the years 1843-'44. By Brevet Capt. J. C. Frémont ... under the orders of Col. J. J. Abert, chief of the Topographical bureau ... Washington: Blair and Rives, printers, 1845.
During the 1840s, Frémont mapped much of the territory between the Mississippi valley and the Pacific Ocean. In 1842 the War Department sent him to survey the route west to Wyoming, and in 1843, accompanied by the colorful guide Kit Carson, he completed a survey to the mouth of the Columbia River. After thoroughly exploring much of the Northwest, he made a winter crossing of the Sierra Nevadas to California. He was deeply involved in the politics of the conquest and development of California and became one of its first two senators.
... Report on the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey, Made under the Direction of the Secretary of the Interior. Washington: C. Wendell, printer, 1857-59.
The purpose of the report was to establish the Mexican-American boundary after the Gadsden Purchase (1853). The Boundary Commission undertook one of the first systematic studies of the topography and natural features of what is now southern Arizona and New Mexico. The Report includes excellent lithographed maps, views, and images of Native Americans, as well a beautiful set of colored plates of native birds.
Bodie and Esmeralda: being an account of the revival of affairs in two singularly interesting and important mining districts, including something of their past history, and the gist of the reports of Profs. Benj. Silliman and Wm. P. Blake ...: also general resources of Mono and Esmeralda Counties ... San Francisco: Spaulding, Barto & Co., 1878.
Aimed at potential investors in the gold and silver mines of the Nevada-California border area, Bodie and Esmeralda presents a detailed history and description of the area's past and glowing vision of its future. By 1878, the early gold rush had led to riches for some, but great disappointment for many. Scams had made Eastern investors wary of putting their money in unseen mines. Wasson emphasizes the new "scientific" mining and the developing social order in the region.
California Illustrated is a vivid narrative of California mining life written at the height of the gold rush. It is particularly important for the attractive, accurate illustrations of the life of the miners and the boomtowns of San Francisco and Sacramento. The tinted lithographic plates were done by Cameron, who also worked for the Currier and Ives printing company.
Tertiary History of the Grand Cańon District, with atlas. Washington: Government Print. Off., 1882.
The Atlas, which accompanies the Report of one of the great scientific expeditions to the West after the Civil War, is a beautiful example of lithographic printing. The double-folio panoramas were printed by Julius Bien after the drawings of Thomas Moran and William Henry Holmes. The images combine accurate depictions of the geology of the canyons and plateaus with an artistic appreciation of the grand vistas.
Report on the Construction of a Military Road from Fort Walla-Walla to Fort Benton. Washington: Govt. Print. Off., 1863.
Mullan's explorations to find a route from Fort Benton, Montana to Fort Walla Walla in the Washington Territory took him through most of what is now northern Idaho. He was guided by a Native American of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe.
Gift in Memory of Albert N. Raub,
President of Delaware College 1888-1896
An Authentic Narrative of a Voyage performed by Captain Cook and Captain Clerke, in His Majesty's ships Resolution and Discovery, during years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, and 1780; in search of a Northwest Passage between the Continents of Asia and America, including a Faithful Account of all their Discoveries, and the Unfortunate Death of Captain Cook. London: Printed for G. Robinson, J. Sewell and J. Debrett, 1783.
An Authentic Narrative is one of the first published accounts of Captain Cook's third voyage, during which he discovered the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii) and explored the coastlines of North America as far north as Alaska. Ellis was the Assistant Surgeon on the voyage and his illustrations are among the earliest published on these areas.
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