New York. J. Winchester, New World Press. 1844.
First Edition. Black and white single page map, 80pp, 9 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches, original tan colored wrappers. Light wear, soiling and creasing to wrappers with little paper loss to spine and lower back cover corner; upper front corner has been re-attached with tape, with some discolorartion. Intermittent light foxing / stain at upper right margin of sheets; lower edge uncut with sheets of uneven length (as issued); some sheets unopened. A scarce copy in the original wrappers in overall good to very good condition. Bookplates of two previous owners (Medford Historical Society underneath the bookplate of Frederick E. Ellis) tipped onto inside front wrapper. This is the first edition, in original wrappers, of this significant work defending the title of the United States to Oregon "the whole of it, and nothing less!" In the Preface, Farnham states "the following pages are devoted to an examination of the American Title to the Oregon Territory...The conclusions at which I have arrived are these: That we own Oregon by purchase from Spain, the sole discoverer and first occupant of this Coast; by purchase from France, to whom England, by the Treaty of Versailles, relinquished her claim to it; and by our own discovery and prior occupancy of Columbia River." From the library of Frederick E. Ellis, a tireless conservationist who was known as "the Father of Shaw Island" in the San Juans. Howes F48; Wheat Transmississippi 480. Item #50640