New York: Derby & Jackson, 1857. Hardcover. Good. Second issue. pp. (vii)-xv, (17)-380 + ads. Original blind-stamped brown cloth. Spine lettering faded, mild spine slant, moderate foxing throughout. Frontis illustration of Fremont taking astronomical observations. Dedication (pp v-vi) excised, as in almost all copies (Howes C-213). Wagner-Camp 273:2: "Carvalho was an artist accompanying John C. Fremont's expedition of 1853 to explore the Rockies for a possible railroad route. He left New York in September 1853 and arrived in Parowan, Utah Territory in 1854. There the party split up and Carvalho took a southern route, reaching Los Angeles by way of Cajon Pass and San Bernardino on June 9." The last 130 pages are devoted to Mormonism, and include a discussion of plural marriage and sermons, discourses, and addresses by Parley Pratt, Brigham Young, John Taylor, and others. Flake-Draper #1224; Cowan p. 108; Graff 619.
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Boston: Samuel T. Armstrong and Crocker and Brewster, 1825. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 3.5" x 5.75", pp viii, 2-180, with engraved frontispiece. Contemporary quarter-morocco and marbled boards, gilt title and rules on spine. Wear to extremities, mild spine lean, occasional minor foxing; binding sound. Ownership inscription of E.D. Martin, 1848 on front free endpaper. Born about 1800 in what is now Alabama, Catherine Brown was of mixed white and Cherokee heritage. In 1817 she became one of the first female students to enter the Brainerd mission school, and in 1820 she was sent to oversee a school for Cherokee girls at Creek Path Mission (near present day Guntersville, AL). After her death from tuberculosis in 1823, Rufus Anderson, Assistant Secretary of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, published this collection of her letters and diary entries and recollections from those who knew her, presenting her as a model of Christian faith. Howes A-235.
Wormsloe [GA] and New York: Privately Printed, Dodd Mead Publishers, 1907. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. Two-volume set, one of 500 issued. Large 8vo, original dark red cloth. pp 369; 328, with a frontispiece in each volume. Boards scuffed and bumped, old damptstain to title and frontis of volume II, with following pages a bit rippled. Otherwise sound and clean. Memoirs of Wilson Lumpkin (1783-1870), compiled by Wymberley Jones DeRenne from Lumpkin's manuscript. Lumpkin was Governor of Georgia at the height of the crisis over Indian policy and Cherokee removal. He was a loyal supporter of Andrew Jackson and an ardent advocate for the removal. "As governor, Lumpkin refused to send representation for the state in the Supreme Court's hearing of Worcester v. Georgia (1832), and he ignored, with President Jackson's tacit consent, the court's ruling that Georgia had no authority over the Indians' lands. Instead, Lumpkin promoted and secured legislative approval for a survey of the Cherokee lands, for the creation of new counties in the region, and for a lottery to distribute the land to white settlers as a way to encourage the Indians' migration. When the signing of the Treaty of New Echota in 1835 formally provided for removal, Lumpkin, on finishing his term as governor, became a commissioner to oversee the treaty's enforcement. When he entered the Senate two years later, he continued to keep Indian removal at the center of public attention; he also advised General Winfield Scott on ways to carry out the terms of the New Echota treaty. No other politician in the Jacksonian period deserved greater responsibility for the tragedy of the Trail of Tears" (ANB). Howes L-567.
Cincinnati: Robert Clarke Company, 1895. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. xv, 297 pp, with portraits, photographic views, and maps (one folding). Northern Pacific Railroad advertisement mounted on rear pastedown. Original green cloth, corners bumped, minor staining to front board, previous owner's name on front endpaper; contents clean and sound. Chittenden, a civil engineer, first visited Yellowstone in 1891 on a routine road-building assignment with the Army Corps of Engineers. He soon developed an abiding interest in the region, joining Theodore Roosevelt and others in vocal opposition to the construction of a railroad through the Park. His meticulously researched book was the first full-length work to offer "a complete and connected treatment" of the Park's human and natural history.
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1902. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. pp. xxxv, 399, with index, color frontispiece from a watercolor by Thomas Moran, many additional illustrations from photographs by Delancy Gill and J.K. Hillers, C.R. Savage, and E.R. Beaman, drawings by the author, maps. Original brown pictorial cloth with some minor insect damage, short tears to cloth at head of spine. Original advertisement for the book (removed from another book), laid in. Farquhar (112): "An excellent compendium of Colorado River history from the time of Ulloa and Cardenas to the Brown-Stanton expedition of 1889-90. The first book to bring the main features of the story into good perspective...sure to remain as one of the foundations of a Colorado River library."
Denver: Frank S. Thayer. Hardcover. Very good. c. 1900. 16 halftone images (5.25" x 8") mounted on stiff cards, accordion folded in original brown cloth portfolio with mounted halftone illustration, snap closure. Title page printed in embossed red letters. Unobstrusive number written in ink on front cover, some light marginal soiling, small ownership stamp on front pastedown; very good. Images are captioned, and include the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Clear Creek Canyon, Platte Canyon, Grand Canyon of the Arkansas, Boulder Canyon, Los Pinos Canyon, Williams Canyon, Cheyenne Canyon, and others. Several show railroad routes or bridges.
Pittsburgh: Dumars & Co., 1846 and 1876. Hardcover. Very Good. Two volumes, 8vo. First edition of Volume I (1846; viii, 576 pp, one folding plate) with second edition of Volume II, (1876; 580 pp, one folding map). Volume II in original green cloth, Volume I in modern cloth of the same color. Vol. I has some foxing amd the lone folding plate is damaged, with 1/3 missing. Volume II very clean throughout, with map of Braddock's route in fine condition. Thompson (892, 893): "The object of the 'Olden Time' was to re-publish various interesting papers in relation to the early history of our country; it however, contains much original material not to be found elsewhere....An exceedingly valuable collection of rare documents and other materials, preserved in the best form for the use of future historians." Includes material on the settlements along the Monongahela, Allegheny and Upper Ohio, Braddock's expedition, the capture of Fort Duquesne, Bouquet's expedition, Washington's 1770 Ohio trip, the Pennsylvania-Virginia boundary dispute, the Whiskey Rebellion, the Ordinance of 1787, Mississippi trade, etc. Howes C846; Sabin 17365; Field 381.
Pittsburgh: Zadok Cramer, 1808. Hardcover. Very good. Sixth edition, "improved and enlarged." 12mo, 156 pp, complete with 28 maps, in original calf-backed paper boards. Rubbed and scuffed, but sound; pages toned, with some old dampstaining and light foxing, but still very good overall. Housed in a custom quarter-leather slipcase. Ownership inscription of Jackson Brush dated 1808 and noting his recent arrival in New Orleans (perhaps having used this book for navigation?) on front flyleaf. Later ownership inscriptions on front and rear endpapers. This was the first navigational guide to the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and, according to Howes (C-855), the "most widely used guide to western waters in the early period, both before and after the application of steam in 1807." Cramer developed the idea for the book soon after his arrival in Pittsburgh, where he observed many immigrants in desperate need of information about the waters and territory into which they would soon be bound. He compiled the work from a range of contemporary sources, including both navigational details and a description of the "towns, posts, harbors, and settlements" along each river, and adding newly available information to each subsequent edition. Although this edition is noted on the title page as the sixth, only three previous editions are known. This is the first edition to include an account of the Missouri and Columbia rivers, as well as the Indian villages on their banks. This material was compiled from the journal of Lewis and Clark expedition member Patrick Gass (published by Cramer in 1807) and also from a letter from William Clark to his brother. Clark's letter was "the first substantive account of the Lewis and Clark expedition to reach the American public," (Wagner-Camp 4) and this "may be its first appearance in book form, apart from the Baltimore Rural Almanac of 1807" (Siebert 796). See also Sabin 17385; Streeter Sale 2:992; Graff 2954.
Visalia, CA: 1896. First Edition. Softcover. Very good. 7 x 10 in., 123 pp, original printed wrappers. Spine covering gone, but binding sound and text clean. Transcribed testimony from both accusers and accused offers a detailed and interesting account of a case of horse theft in Tulare County, California in 1895. According to one of his alleged accomplices, Armstrong stole the horse to flee because "they had a warrant out for him for holding up a Portuguese... He had been in hiding for some time. [There was] a fight in which some guns were discharged, but he was not arrested...and he said he was going to leave the country that night." The deputy who finally apprehended him well north of Sacramento testified that Armstrong said "that if he had got to his gun he would never have been taken alive."
Philadelphia: Robert Desilver, 1824. Hardcover. Good. Later printing (first published 1810). 12mo, vi, 280 pp, with 6 copperplate engravings. Contemporary calf binding; spine label gone, boards scuffed, crack along front joint, old dampstaining/rippling to pages. A collection of sketches of notorious American and British criminals and their trials for murder, fraud, highway robbery, piracy, and other crimes. Although these lurid narratives surely served as a form of entertainment ("let it not be hastily supposed by the gay and youthful that this volume is a dull or canting lecture upon religion or morals"), the author provides a defense against accusations of sensationalism by framing the work as an ideal tool for the moral instruction of children.
Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1850. First Edition. Hardcover. very good-. Xii, 628 pp, with index, illustrations, plans. Three-quarter brown leather, marbled boards. Some edgewear and foxing, dampstaining to first 10 pp, repair to frontispiece and title page; all else very good and sound. A full account of this sensational case, in which a Harvard professor was accused, and ultimately convicted, of murdering a prominent Boston physician and dismembering and burning the body in his laboratory furnace. Oliver Wendell Holmes worked from an office directly above Webster’s and testified at the trial. The most important testimony, however, pertained to the medical and dental evidence used to positively identify Parkman’s remains. This was the first time that forensic evidence of this kind was used in an American criminal trial. The case was widely covered in the press, but McDade (1060) notes that this volume “is the basic book on the case and contains all the evidence.”.
Cincinnati: E. Morgan & Company, 1841. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 4.5 x 7 in., viii, 9-235 + (1) publisher's ad. Recently rebound in full black leather; gilt lettering and decoration on spine, small emblem (Indian headdress) on front board; new marbled endpapers. A single plate facing p. 168, showing Proctor's Demand on General Harrison for the surrender of Fort Meigs, apparently does not appear in other copies of the first edition (the most thorough collation appearing in Morgan, Ohio Imprints). However, it was present in the 1850 edition, so may have been married to this copy when it was rebound. Previous owners' names (and repeated admonitions not to write in the book) on flyleaves, one chip to head of spine, moderate foxing, pages somewhat rippled, but still very good overall. Drake writes in the Preface that he traveled in Ohio and Indiana "for the purpose of conversing with the Indians and the pioneers of the region who happened to be acquainted with Tecumseh and his brother" and gathering "amusing and valuable anecdotes." Such richness of detail made the book popular in its day (it was reprinted multiple times) and has made it of enduring interest to modern historians. Howes D-460; Sabin 20811; Siebert 399; Thomson 344.
Hartford, CT: Peter B. Gleason, 1817-1822. Softcover. Very good. Five pamphlets in original sewn wrappers, pp. 23, 19; 24; 28; 24; 23, all in very good condition, one with a long tear to the front wrapper. Each includes reports from Society-sponsored missionaries in all of the “new settlements,” including parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and Louisiana. In addition to enumeration of sermons preached and books distributed, the reports often quote directly from the diaries of the missionaries, with (often dismal) assessments of the character of the settlers in different communities. A preacher assigned to Tennessee writes: "I know not what I shall do. I am but a feeble man, and almost the whole region, on every side, lies destitute [of religious instruction.]" Another, writing from the Missouri Territory, complains "Most of the preaching in that region had been by travelling Methodist preachers, who, as is common with such as have great zeal and little knowledge, have exerted themselves to excite prejudice against Ministers of the Presbyterian order." In Louisiana, however, the people were found "desirous of settling a minister" as they were "sensible that they were perishing for lack of knowledge." Dwight’s address, which is bound with the 1816 report, offers reflections on the critical role of early settlers in planting “the foundations of literature and religion” and shaping the institutions of a community for decades to come. Dwight was a Congregationalist minister and the eighth President of Yale College. Sabin 21546 (Dwight); 15812 (Reports).
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.
Hardcover. Near fine. Undated, c. 1890. Sold by Chisholm Bros. of Portland ME, agents for Chas. Frey's Original Souvenir Albums of all American & Canadian Cities & Scenery. Large ( 6" x 9.5") accordion-folded book of photolithographic views of Florida, with 26 panels extending to almost 20 feet when unfolded. Approximately 100 views in fine detail. Includes views of institutions, churches, hotels, residences, parks, and natural scenery in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Palatka, the Ocklawaha River, Lake Worth, Tampa, and Key West. A useful and attractive visual record of Florida in the late 19th century.
Philadelphia: Reprinted and Sold by B. Franklin and D. Hall, 1757. Hardcover. Very good. pp. viii, 111; (ii), 3-23. 4.25" x 6.75". Two works bound together as issued, in original speckled calf binding. Leather cracked along front joint, corners rubbed through, closed tear to third leaf, all else very good. Ownership signature of Wm. Hargraves, dated 1790, in three places. These two pamphlets played an important role in defining the principles of Quaker belief and practice, distinguishing them from those of the Ranters (who were widely demonized as promoting a dangerous religious anarchy) and helping to bring them into the mainstream of Protestantism. Sabin 3363, 62825; Evans 7840, 8008; Curtis p. 136, 138.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1912. Hardcover. Near fine. Reprint. xiii, 373 pp, with frontis portrait of Adams and 11 plates. Original blind-stamped brown cloth, gilt spine. Corners lightly bumped, owner's name on front free endpaper, otherwise a lovely copy. Autobiography of the famous mountain man, which Adams dictated to Hittell in the late 1850s. After eight years of almost solitary living in the wild, during which he roamed the Sierra Nevada, Cascades, and Coast Range, Adams won wide fame in the West. "His prowess in catching and taming the much-feared California grizzly--the well-named ursus horribilis--was unique. He became a legend in his own time...Using a lasso as well as box traps, he captured unharmed eagles, wildcats, deer, elk, mountain lions, wolves, black bears, and grizzly bears. He penned them up, tamed and trained them, and sold them to wild animal show entrepreneurs." (ANB). After the publication of this book, melodramas based on Adams' career were staged on both coasts.
London: Henry Colburn, 1828. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. vi, 385 pp, + 1 ad. 8vo. Three-quarter leather, marbled boards. Leather scuffed, evidence of an ownership stamp removed on ffep, otherwise unmarked and sound. Hall (1793-1868) was lawyer, circuit judge, and newspaper editor and one of the earliest Americans to write extensively about frontier life. This was his first book, a collection of sketches composed during the course of a river journey from Pittsburgh to Shawneetown, Illinois. "Full of sharp observation of people and manners, seasoned with pungent anecdotes and incisive description, it still repays reading," according to Hall biographer John T. Flanagan. Flanagan also says the work hints at many of the themes elaborated in Hall's later collections of western stories and essays. Howes H-74; Graff 1734; Sabin 29789; BAL 6919.
Philadelphia: Harrison Hall, 1835. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 276 pp; 4.25" x 6.75", three-quarter leather and pebbled black cloth, with the title and "Hall's Works/4" stamped on the spine. Leather scuffed and rubbed along the joints, minor foxing. Ownership signatures of Mrs. A. Hall on both pastedowns and Lucy F. Hall on the title page (unknown whether these are relatives of the author). Fiction of the Ohio, Kentucky, and Illinois frontier, based on Hall's extensive travels in the region. Some contemporary critics denounced the work as hackneyed, but others praised his skillful depictions of western scenery, manners, and events. The Encyclopedia Britannica entry on Hall rates this as one of his best works, praising him as "particularly successful in sketching life in the French settlements of the Illinois country and in interpreting such authentic figures as the backwoodsman, voyageur, and Indian hater." Sabin 29796; BAL 6938; Howes H-80.
Philadelphia: F.A. Davis, 1889. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Large octavo. 288 pp, with index and large (32 x 44 in.) folding railroad map of the United States in rear pocket. Original brown cloth, some pale spotting to front board, else fine. Author's presentation stamp "Compliments of Bushrod W. James" on front flyleaf. Bushrod (1836-1903) was a surgeon and homeopathic physician who served as President of the Homeopathic Medical Society of Pennsylvania and of the National Society of the American Institute of Homeopathy. Here he argues for "the importance of the residence of invalids in a suitable climate as an almost indispensable factor in the treatment, prevention, and cure of many forms of disease" and provides a detailed listing of American health resorts (which "compare very favorably in every respect" to those of Europe) and their various climates, amenities, and suitability for treating specific conditions. Separate chapters are devoted to seaside resorts, freshwater resorts, mountain resorts, summer resorts, winter resorts, mineral springs, and resorts in Mexico and South America.
c. 1917. Softcover. Very good. Accordion-folded brochure, eight 3.25" x 6" panels printed on both sides, illustrated with 10 b/w photographs of the grounds, facilities, and frolicking guests. These mineral springs in the "mountains of America's Switzerland" are reported to be famed far and wide for curing cases of rheumatism, gout, neuralgia, dropsy, catarrh, alcoholism, and kidney, liver, and stomach complaints. Indeed, "so many noted people of California and elsewhere have testified to the great cures made here by these waters that this point need not be dwelt on further." Seeking to attract the casual tourist as much as the invalid, the text touts the location's conveniences, recreational opportunities (fishing, hunting, sightseeing, games, swimming tank, dancing pavilion) and accessibility via automobile. Things haven't changed all that much. Still operational a century later, Harbin Hot Springs today offers the modern traveler the chance "to soak in the natural spring pools, sunbathe (clothing is optional), receive massages, practice yoga, attend workshops, hike the hills, or to simply relax in the embrace of nature."
1930. Softcover. Very good. Single sheet (9 x 19.5 in.) folded into five panels, printed on both sides in red and black, advertising "miracle waters" that will "prevent more bodily ills than a modern drug store" and can be enjoyed along with tennis courts, swimming pool, a fine dance floor, and sumptuous meals. Illustrated with photographs of the grounds and local scenery. Although the actual radium content of these springs was (fortunately) quite low, promoters were not deterred from capitalizing on the early 20th century fascination with radium's alleged power to cure rheumatism, high blood pressure, gastric ailments, alcoholism, and more. The brochure offers a chemical analysis of the waters, asserting that "the radium water you drink acts like a million little suns giving off the Alpha and Gamma rays, which act as a tonic, stimulating the tissues, the glands, the nerves, and the internal organs." If that's not enough to convince you, perhaps you'll be swayed by the wisdom of the Indians, who "cured all their ills and made ready for the hunt" by camping out around the springs. No less a personage than "Chief Idaho," whose image graces the cover of the brochure, tells us that "Happy is the rheumatic that takes the Radium Baths and is cured; but more happy is the one that takes a Radium Bath every month and never has rheumatism."
Auburn, NY: Cayuga County News Company, 1921. 40 pp, 6 x 8.5 in., illustrated cardstock wrappers, with a map (golf course), three plans, and many photographic illustrations of the grounds and accommodations. Near fine, with minor handling wear. In the late 19th and early 20th century, spas in America transitioned from being treatment centers for invalids into fashionable resorts for the upper and middle classes--a shift that is well reflected here. The therapeutic properties of the springs are still highlighted in this promotional brochure, but equal emphasis is given to the hotel (which possesses a lounge with open fireplace, music room, fern room, card rooms, writing rooms, dancing parlor, library, billiard and pool room, men's smoking room, and a three-hundred foot veranda), the hundred-acre, parklike grounds, and opportunities for golf, recreational motoring, hunting, fishing, and boating.
Woodbury, NJ: 1889. First Edition. Hardcover. Good. 8" x 10.5", oblong, original brown cloth stamped in gilt.  pp, with 31 collotype views. Gilt partially rubbed off, moderate soiling throughout (appears to have been handled by some grubby hands--perhaps not surprising, as the front pastedown notes that the book is to be "given away to Dealers in Medicines, for the use of their customers waiting at the counters"). George Gill Green made a substantial fortune selling Green's August Flower (for dyspepsia and liver complaints) and Dr. Boschee's German Syrup (for diseases of the throat and lung), which he promoted heavily through the distribution of free samples and almanacs. This book sought to reassure customers of the quality of the operation by showing off the attractive grounds and facilities in Woodbury, NJ where the medicines were made. In addition to the manufacturing areas, views include the inside and outside of "Doctor" Green's sizeable home and his private Pullman car, with text on facing pages touting the virtues of the company's products.
Louisville, KY: c. 1912. Softcover. Near fine. 48 pp, 4.75" x 7.75", oblong, stapled wrappers, with many illustrations from photographs. Mild handling wear. Charlie White-Moon, the self-styled "Cow-Boy Herbalist" (whose real name was Charles Bunce), claimed to have "years of experience as a Cow-Boy & among the plains Indians" that afforded him a special opportunity to "study the healing power of root & herbs as medicines." He sold many products in his day, but this particular booklet is devoted to the promotion of Com-Cel-Sar, an all-purpose, cleansing tonic that helps rid your body of "useless matter, undigested foods & the like" and "should be used regularly as you use water, air, & sunshine." Much of the text is testimonials from residents of Indiana and Kentucky (identified by name and address, and with a portrait of each) who have had their ailments cured by Com-Cel-Sar. Additional images show the rooms where Com-Cel-Sar is produced and packaged (by "bright, healthy, happy, well-paid young ladies") as well as the Cow-Boy, his home, and (of course), his horse. Unrecorded in OCLC.