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    Sale 1922

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    3 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 62

    EVANS, Estwick (1787-1866). A Pedestrious Tour, or Four Thousand Miles, through the Western States and Territories, During the Winter and Spring of 1818. Concord, N.H.: Joseph C. Spear, 1819.

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    EVANS, Estwick (1787-1866). A Pedestrious Tour, or Four Thousand Miles, through the Western States and Territories, During the Winter and Spring of 1818. Concord, N.H.: Joseph C. Spear, 1819.

    8o (191 x 123 mm). Woodcut frontispiece by A. Bowen. Second copyright leaf pasted to verso of title. Original printed boards, uncut (rebacked in cloth); cloth slipcase. Provenance: Charles H. Atherton (bookplate).

    "EVANS' WORK IS THE BEST DESCRIPTION WE HAVE OF THE PLACES HE VISITED AND THE CONDITIONS HE FOUND IN 1818" (Graff)

    FIRST EDITION. "His route took him (on foot) as far as Detroit, from which town he backtracked to Pittsburgh. He then followed the line of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans and eventually had no other purpose for the trip than pleasure and experience. His comments on people, scenes, customs, manners, etc., personal as they are, are entertaining and illuminating. He was an intelligent observer" (Graff 1269). Evans also makes an early reference to what would become the University of Michigan. Buck 115; Clark Old South II:201; Clements One Hundred Michigan Rarities 54; Field 509; Greenly Michigan 56; Howes E-220; Rader 1314; Sabin 23148; Thomson 382.


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