Travels in the Interior
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Travels in the Interior

PATRICK CAMPBELL, 1793

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Travels in the Interior
Patrick Campbell, 1793
CAMPBELL, Patrick (c.1765-c.1823). Travels in the Interior Inhabited Parts of North America in the Years 1791 and 1792. Edinburgh: for the author, and sold by John Guthrie, 1793.

First edition of Campbell's privately printed Travels. "The author, a Scottish gentleman, travelled to Canada and New York State for his own amusement and to determine whether his countrymen who planned to emigrate to America might be better off staying home. Despite this stated purpose, his narrative, written on the stumps of trees occasionally while he travelled, is free of the prejudice against things American usually found in British tourists of the period. Campbell was particularly interested in the quality of the farms he saw on both sides of the St. Lawrence, and the pride freeholders took in their homesteads. The plate 'Plan of an American new cleared Farm' illustrates both the raw, stump-filled landscape of the agricultural frontier and the uses to which wood was put. Besides farm dwellings and outbuildings, four different types of wooden fence are shown: a plain log fence, a post and rail fence, the worm fence made of split poles, and the Virginia rail fence of crossed stakes. When Campbell passed the settlements of American loyalists in Upper Canada near Detroit, he remarked that 'though it is but eight years since the first tree was cut down in this district, they do not fall much short of having as much land cleared as the French who have been more than an hundred years in possession." (Creating America). Creating America 49; Federal Hundred 41; Howes C-101 ("c"); Lande 76; TPL 636; Sabin 10264.

Octavo (208 x 130mm). Half title. Engraved portrait frontispiece, partially hand-colored; 2 plates, one of which is folding; folding letterpress table of distances. Closed repaired tear to z2, few spots near or on folding plate. Early 19th-century half calf over marbled boards (wear to spine and edges, spine ends chipped, removed bookplate). Custom chemise and quarter morocco slipcase. Provenance: George A. (early ownership inscription trimmed on title) – William Bennett (book label).

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