San Francisco: Calif. Historical Society, 1954. First Edition Limited to 530 copies. Large folio, 86 pp. Seven maps, four in text (three folding) plus three large folding maps in pocket at rear. Printed by Lawton Kennedy. Special Publication No. 26. Rust colored cloth with gilt lettering to spine. A fine copy. Item #20764
Jedediah Strong Smith (1799 – 1831), was an American clerk, transcontinental pioneer, frontiersman, hunter, trapper, author, cartographer, and explorer of the Rocky Mountains, the North American West, and the Southwest during the early 19th century. After 75 years of obscurity following his death, Smith was rediscovered as the American whose explorations led to the use of the 20-mile-wide South Pass as the dominant point of crossing the Continental Divide for pioneers on the Oregon Trail. His map of the West in 1831 was used by the U.S. Army, including western explorer John C. Frémont during the early 1840s. Smith is today recognized as the early West's greatest single explorer. (Saunders 26).