Boston: Hilliard, Gray, & Co., 1841.
First Edition. Hardcover. Good. 175 pp, 4.5 x 7.5 inches, in publisher's brown ribbed cloth with paper spine label. Label rubbed, some general wear to boards, old tide mark to lower margin of first 40 pages, moderate foxing throughout. Early ownership inscription (L.W. Meyer) on front flyleaf, noting price paid of $1.00. Scarce first edition of Lanman's first book. "Charles Lanman (1819-1895), a writer, amateur explorer and an artist, was born in Monroe, Michigan, and educated in the Eastern United States. As a young man of 15, he was employed by an East India mercantile company in New York. It was at this time that he began to explore the more inaccessible parts of the eastern seaboard, often by canoe. The sketches, essays, and letters he published about his adventures drew attention on both sides of the Atlantic and most notably, from American author Washington Irving who described Mr. Lanman as 'the picturesque explorer of our country.' In the mid-1840s, Lanman published Essays for Summer Hours and Letters from a Landscape Painter before becoming the editor of several newspapers" (Penn State Library). Of particular interest in this volume is an essay titled "Recollections of Michigan," in which he describes hunting and fishing in Michigan at a time when Detroit had a population of just 5,000. Sabin 38918.