New York: Kirk & Mercein, etc. 1819. 8vo. viii, 228, lxiii, [vii] pp. (last 3 leaves of text bound after the index). FIRST EDITION. With 3 folding maps (1 hand-colored). Contemporary boards; interior is foxed and stained throughout due to paper stock. Basically an unsophisticated copy, uncut and partially unopened, preserved in a folding case from the library of Ernest J. Wessen with his bookplate. Item #16821
First edition of this series of letters recounting famed American geographer William Darby’s expedition to survey the border between Canada and the United States. The book is a meticulous assessment of natural and manmade geographical features encountered while traversing through New York, Ohio, and Michigan.
Leading the topographical team, William Darby’s (1775-1854) personal account reveals a passionate man determined to map each moment of his journey. Darby made his career on geographical explorations, creating maps, surveys, and statistical accounts to be used by the US government in cementing territorial boundaries (DNB). Published the year Michigan first appointed a congressional delegate, A tour is a window into the formation of the United States.