6 December 2013
CUMING, F[ortescue]. Sketches of a Tour to the Western Country, Through the States of Ohio and Kentucky; A Voyage Down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, and A Trip Through the Mississippi Territory, and Part of West Florida. Commenced at Philadelphia in the Winter of 1807, and Concluded in 1809...With...A Notice of an Expedition Through Louisiana. Pittsburgh: Cramer, Spear & Eichbaum, 1810.
12o (173 x 105 mm). (Some very minor pale spotting.) Original muslin-backed boards (slightly soiled); red quarter morocco slipcase.
FIRST EDITION of this "excellent and extensive observations on pioneer conditions throughout the Ohio and lower Mississippi" (Howes). At page 324 Mr. Cuming's Tour ends, then follows "Notes of a voyage from Bayou Pierre to the Mouth of the Mississippi in 1799, by a Gentleman." The Appendix includes narratives of great importance. This was published by the same publisher as the Brackenridge (see lot 58) and is in a matching binding. Buck 71; Graff 944 (page 25 mispaginated 28); Howes C-947; Sabin 17890; Streeter sale III:1325; Thomson Bibliography of the State of Ohio 286 ("one of the most interesting works relating to the West").
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