New York: J.H. Colton, 1852. 8vo. 351 pp., plus 18-page publisher’s catalogue. FIRST EDITION. With the large folding township map of the states of Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri and Minnesota in perfect condition without a tear; publisher’s blind-stamped cloth, title in gilt on spine; an absolutely excellent copy with the presentation signature of the author to Ira Patchin. Item #16876
First edition of this Midwestern guide,“one of the best descriptive books of the period.” This book was intended to praise the area and to promote emigration to it, both from the East Coast of the United States and from Europe. As the author notes: “Our Great West is a fertile, healthy, and beautiful country, whose bountiful products reward toil and enterprise more liberally than any part of the world; and already begins to number its millions of industrious and intelligent population, with millions more turning their thoughts and faces thitherward” (p. xiv).
Graff, 957; Howes, C967; Sabin 18069.