Wellsburgh, VA: Printed at the Office of the Gazette for the author, 1824. 8vo. [vi], 316 pp. FIRST EDITION. Contemporary calf, rebacked, spine label; interior foxed and toned due to paper stock. Ownership signatures on fly-leaf. Item #16973
First edition of this classic on the life of the first settlers beyond the Alleghenies. Doddridge (1769-1826) grew up on what was then the frontier of Pennsylvania in Washington County. He later was ordained a priest and became the first minister of the Protestant Episcopal Church in trans-Allegheny Virginia. His writing reflected a very realistic and pragmatic lifestyle of the early frontiersmen. This work in particular details the trials and tribulations of frontier life, including relationships with Native Americans, especially the various border wars, and slavery. Theodore Roosevelt called this book, commonly known as Doddridge’s Notes, ‘‘the most valuable book we have on old-time frontier ways and customs.’’.