Columbus: J. Kilbourn, 1819.
Seventh edition, "carefully revised and corrected." 12mo, 204 pp, in contemporary full leather binding with gilt rules and black label on spine. With two folding maps (Map of Ohio, 1821, colored in outline; Plat of Columbus as Incorporated, June 3, 1818), both in very nice condition. Binding sound; some scuffing to boards, especially at head of spine, light foxing. Overall a very good copy, with the bookplate of Americana dealer Ernest J. Wessen, renowned proprietor of the Midland Rare Book Company in the mid-twentieth century. A relatively 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." This edition includes a table of the principal roads and distances in the state, lists of post offices and newspapers, and an abstract of the 1820 census, showing population by counties and townships. Howes K-129, Sabin 37730, Morgan 1139; Thomson 672.