Chicago and New York: Belford, Clarke & Company, 1887.
First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Volume I (all published). Quarto, pp xix, 655, with 7 maps and 81 plates, in publisher's elaborately decorated brown cloth boards with beveled edges. Mild rubbing to extremities, last five leaves with short tears at outer margin, but overall a near fine, exceptionally nice copy of this large book, which is often found well worn. The large folding "Map Showing the Country Explored by John Charles Fremont from 1841 to 1854 Inclusive" is in fine condition. Fremont describes the scope of the work: "The narrative contained in these volumes is ... intended to draw together the more important and interesting parts in the journals of various expeditions made by me in the course of Western exploration, and to give my knowledge of political and military events in which I have myself had part. The principal subjects of which the book will consist ... are three: the geographical explorations, made in the interest of Western expansion; the presidential campaign of 1856, made in the interest of an undivided country; and the civil war, made in the same interest. Connecting these, and naturally growing out of them, will be given enough of the threads of ordinary life to justify the claim of the work to its title of memoirs: purporting to be the history of one life, but being in reality that of three, because in substance the course of my own life was chiefly determined by its contact with the other two - the events recorded having in this way been created, or directly inspired and influenced, by three different minds, each having the same objects for a principal aim." Howes F-367, Cowan p. 224, Flake 3456 "includes a section 'Why the Mormons choose Salt Lake,' and his association with the Mormons during his exploration expedition"), Rittenhouse 228.