Warre, Henry James (1819-1898) Sketches in North America and the Oregon Territory. London: Dickinson & Co., . First edition, colored issue, folio; title page, five pages of introduction, and one blank leaf, followed by twenty hand-colored lithographic views on sixteen sheets and one map; bound in contemporary half dark green morocco and marbled paper boards, rebacked and resewn, a family copy, inscribed "H. Warre, Fyne Court, Bridgewater" inside front board, housed in a custom box, some signs of handling, 20 x 13 1/4 in.
The order of the plates varies. In this copy, they are presented as follows:
1. Fort Garry
2. Buffalo Hunting on the W. Prairies / Forcing a Passage through the Burning Prairie
3. Falls of the Kamanis Taquoih River
4. Distant View of the Rocky Mountains
5. The Rocky Mountains
6. Source of the Columbia River
7. Fort Vancouver / Indian Tomb
8. Mount Baker / Cape Disappointment
9. Valley of the Willamette River
10. The American Village
11. Fort George / McGillivray or Kootoonai River
12. Mount Hood from Les Dalles
13. Les Dalles Columbia River
14. Mount Hood
15. Fall of the Peloos River
16. The Rocky Mountains, from the Columbia River, Looking N.W.
17. Map of Warre's route, untitled
The American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, holds a collection of original works by Warre, including the art for some images published here, completed during his reconnaissance of the Oregon territory in 1845. http://www.americanantiquarian.org/Inventories/Drawings/warrecollection.htm
Warre's mission on behalf of the British government sought to settle a territorial dispute with the Americans. When he returned from his trip, he found the matter resolved. He nonetheless maintained his right to publish his renderings of the wild landscapes of the American West, which were available for sale both uncolored and hand-colored, as seen in this copy.
Provenance: The Estate of David Spinney.
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