Columbus: J. Kilbourn, 1819.
Sixth edition, improved. 12mo, 176 pp, in contemporary full calf with gilt rules on spine. With two folding maps (Map of Ohio, 1819; Map of Ross County, 1819) and a folding plan (Plat of Columbus as Incorporated, June 3, 1818), 21 smaller county maps in the text. Clumsy amateur repair to verso of Ohio map, boards scuffed, moderate foxing throughout, otherwise unmarked, binding sound. Good.
An early edition of this popular work, which was first published in 1816 and offered detailed information for those considering a move to Ohio. As Kilbourn wrote in the Preface, the state was "rapidly rising into importance," and people from the East were eager to hear the facts "respecting its extent, soil, climate, navigableness of its rivers, the relative fertility, population, healthiness, and advantages and disadvantages of different districts and sections of the country." The book may have been revised more often than necessary in an effort to boost sales, but this edition is notable as the first to include the individual county maps. It also incorporates "a great number of alterations" necessitated by the creation of eight new counties in 1818-19. Howes K-129, Sabin 37730, Morgan 1139; Thomson 672.