Rare Americana Book: Parker, Samuel; Journal of an Exploring Tour Beyond the Rocky Mountains...1842

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Parker, Samuel; Journal of an Exploring Tour Beyond the Rocky Mountains, under the Direction of the A. B. C. F. M. Performed in the Years 1835, 36, and 37.... with a Map of Oregon Territory. 3rd edition, Ithaca, NY, Mack, Andrus & Woodtuff, 1842. Octavo, pp. xvi, 408, folded map, 1 plate.

The work is complete and in the original cloth with gilt titles. Binding has been re-cased, light wear and soiling to boards. Text has very light foxing, map is very clean. Small hole on title page repaired, old stamp of defunct Upsala College on paste down. In good condition.


Samuel Parker (1779–1866) was an American missionary in what was then known as Oregon Country. He was educated at Williams College and the Andover Theological Seminary.  In 1835, he traveled to Oregon Country with fellow missionary Marcus Whitman. After preaching at the Green River rendezvous of the American Fur Company, Parker continued west while Whitman returned east. During the winter of 1835 to 1836, Parker was a guest at the Hudson’s Bay Company’s fur trade outpost on the Columbia River, Fort Vancouver. He was then the first Presbyterian missionary in what would become the state of Oregon . Parker would then seek out locations for the establishment of missions in the region. He traveled through the Willamette Valley and Lower Columbia Valley to select sites that were later used by the missionaries of the American Board for Foreign Missions. Samuel Parker then left the region by ship, sailing first to the Sandwich Islands and then around Cape Horn to the Eastern Seaboard. He published Journal of an Exploring Tour Beyond the Rocky Mountains in 1838 describing his journey to Oregon and followed with the second edition in 1840 and a third edition in 1842. ?Parker's tour was supported by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions thus the initials in the title. His narrative of the tour describes the geology, geography, climate natural resources and Indians. By far the most important part of this work was Parker's map "Map of the Oregon Territory". It represented a real leap in the cartographic knowledge of the northwest and especially the interior portions of the Oregon Territory. The North Fork of the Platte is shown for the first time, with the Sweetwater River flowing into it. Other similar accurate features are presented for the first time on a this map. The book’s wide circulation made it a valued and important resource for travelers and settlers to the northwest.