Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1985. Near Fine. First Edition. Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1985. First edition, [9x11”], 303 pp., color and black and white illustrations throughout, Dark jade double page map on free end papers, appendices, references, index. Pictorial glazed stiff paper covers. Minor shelf wear to edges of covers. In near fine condition. Item #12955
The U. S. Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842 was an important period in the discovery of the world and the role of the young United States. This book was part of the 1985 exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington D. C. that told the story of the first purely scientific Expedition sponsored by Congress and led by Lieutenant Charles Wilkes. Hundreds of related objects, diaries, correspondence and official records were researched and many exhibited. The thousands of specimens brought back by the Expedition became the foundation for the Natural History Museum, the U.S. Botanical Garden and the Smithsonian Museum.