The Emigrant's Guide, or Pocket Geography of the Western States and Territories, Containing a Description of the Several Cities, Towns, Rivers, Antiquities, Population, Manufactories, Prices of Land, Soil, Production, and Export
Cincinnati: Phillips & Speer, 1818.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 3.5 x 5.75 inches. 266 pp. Recent half-leather over marbled boards, new endpapers, some restoration to title page, pages browned but supple. The author acknowledges a debt to earlier writers (Brackenridge, Brown, and Kilbourn), but notes that other guides "have exceeded the limit which suited the convenience of many readers" and offers this "work upon a more moderate scale, and suited for the pocket." Information is provided on "the various topics of information necessary and requisite to those who intend settling in the western country," including the major towns (boundaries, number of residents, type and number of businesses), climate, natural resources, and navigation. Separate chapters are devoted to the states of Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and the Alabama, Michigan, Northwest, Missouri, and Illinois territories. Thomson 378; Howes E-141, Streeter 837, Sabin 22480, Graff 1246.