Wellsburg, VA: Jacob & Smith, Publishers and Printers, 1859. First edition. 18cm. 280pp. Frontis. portrait and three plates. Foxing and toning to text and plates. Recently rebound in 3/4 green leather and green cloth; gilt stamped title and author on spine. From the preface: "The biography of its citizens is the history of a nation; and we trust that the reputation of history will not suffer from one departure in permitting the humble biography of a hero of the ranks, to stand by the side of those of the great and titled...." The incredible story of the Corps of Discovery and its exploration of Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase is seen through the lens of this biography of the last surviving member of the expedition.
Wagner-Camp 6:10: "Gass became one of the best-known members of the expedition for several reasons: his key role as sergeant brought his name up frequently in the journals of Lewis and Clark; his account was the first to be published; he was the first to have a biography written about him; and finally, he outlived the other members of the Corps of Discovery by decades, dying at the age of ninety-nine in 1870." Item #62094
Howes J31 Streeter 3067 Wagner-Camp 6:10 Graff 2183.