Louisville, KY: Morton & Griswold, 1845.
First Edition. Hardcover. Good. 4.25 x 7.25 inches, pp xii, -101.Original purple cloth with black leather spine, title stamped in gilt on upper board. Some pale staining to boards, interior very clean. All six original plates present, but folding map supplied in facsimile. Variously attributed to Mammoth Cave's owner, Dr. John Croghan, or (more likely) to his journalist friend Alexander Clark Bullitt, this was the first book dedicated solely to Mammoth Cave and one of the first to contain engravings of the cave, as well as a map of the cave system by guide Stephen Bishop. Provides an engaging blow-by-blow account of a tour through the main rooms of the cave, interspersed with historic anecdotes and also including practical information about routes to the cave, road conditions, and accommodations. Sabin 17590; Howes C-905.
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