PARKER, Rev. Samuel (1779-1866). Journal of an Exploring Tour Beyond the Rocky Mountains, Under the Direction of the A.B.C.F.M. in the Years 1835, ’36, and ’37. Ithaca, NY: Mack, Andrus, & Woodruff, 1842.
8vo., bound in 6’s (8 x 5 inches). (Scattered spotting and browning throughout). Fine folding lithographed map frontispiece by the author and engraved by M.M. Peabody (scattered spotting to verso). One full-page plate drawn by H.W. Parker and engraved by Peabody: “Basaltic Formations on the Columbia River.” Original publisher’s brown cloth decorated in blind, lettered in gilt (head of the spine and top corners strengthened, generally a bit scuffed).
Third edition (first published in 1838). Parker was the first Presbyterian missionary in Oregon where he travelled in 1835 with fellow missionary Marcus Whitman looking for potential missionary sites. He traveled as far north as Colville while locating sites for missions near Spokane, Lewiston, and Walla Walla. Eventually, he traveled to Fort Vancouver, and from their obtained free passage by ship to Hawaii, and after some delay there he returned to Boston via Cape Horn. “Samuel Parker’s ‘Map of Oregon Territory’ of 1838 represented a real advance, and was made from personal observation. Of it Wagner-Camp remarked that it was ‘the earliest to obtain circulation which contains reliable information as to the interior of Oregon Territory. . .’ On this map the North Fork of the Platte is shown, with the Sweetwater flowing into it. South Pass is not named, but the sources of the Sweetwater and the Big Sandy. . .are close together. Bear River is imperfect, but correctly flows into Salt Lake, while not far north, at the mouth of the Portneuf, is Fort Hall. The Yellowstone heads in Lake Eustis, but Lewis and Clark’s Lake Biddle is now absent, and west of the crest of the Rockies is Jackson's Lake, under the Trois Tetons, finding its outlet in a stream that flows into Henry’s Fork, and later the Snake. . .” (Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West, volume II, pp. 165-166). “Parker accompanied a fur-trading party, in 1835, from Council Bluffs to Walla Walla” (Howes p. 89).