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Mapping the West with Lewis and Clark

ITEM: RB1595
Discover a new telling of the Lewis and Clark story
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Click here to see Jefferson’s letter and the Table of Contents.
It was a signal moment in America’s history--an epochal call to explore the wild that created a country stretching from sea to sea. Here is the Lewis and Clark expedition (1804-06) told in a completely new way: through the maps the explorers used and made. Through these maps we track the tremendous infusion of new information--the Big Data of its day--that Lewis and Clark synthesized. Most compelling is the huge debt they owed the American Indians, whose concept of a map was so very different from Europeans’, and yet so fitting for this vast new land with its unfathomable terrain. Written by top scholars who have retraced much of Lewis and Clark’s journey, the book features more than 100 images, primarily from the Library of Congress archives, along with two loose foldouts that reproduce critical maps of 1803 and 1805. Lewis and Clark live on today--in our unquenchable drive to journey farther in how we see our world.
  • More than 100 images, reproduced primarily from the vast archives of the Library of Congress
  • Includes two loose foldouts measuring 36" x 28" that reproduce the critical maps of 1803 and 1805
  • Endpapers reproduce the cipher Thomas Jefferson created for the expedition
  • Author Ralph Ehrenberg is Chief of the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress, and author Herman Viola is Curator Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution; both have retraced much of Lewis and Clark’s track
  • Limited-edition book not available in bookstores; printed in America
  • The loose foldout maps are reproductions of the Nicholas King Composite Map of the West from 1803 and the William Clark/Nicholas King Fort Mandan Map of 1805
  • Map of Lewis and Clark’s Track published in 1814 is reproduced in the book, one of 17 full maps featured
  • 263 endnotes
  • Linen cover with ribbon bookmark
  • Smythe-sewn binding and archival-quality paper
  • 11 x 14, 120 pages

"Although thousands of books and papers have been written about the expedition, this one fills a unique niche." Check out Steve's blog to read more on why this professional reviewer gives the book a thumbs up.