Travels Through the Western Country in the Summer of 1816, Including Notices of the Natural History, Antiquities, Topography, Agriculture, Commerce, and Manufactures: With a Map of the Wabash Country, Now Settling. David Thomas.
Travels Through the Western Country in the Summer of 1816, Including Notices of the Natural History, Antiquities, Topography, Agriculture, Commerce, and Manufactures: With a Map of the Wabash Country, Now Settling

Travels Through the Western Country in the Summer of 1816, Including Notices of the Natural History, Antiquities, Topography, Agriculture, Commerce, and Manufactures: With a Map of the Wabash Country, Now Settling

Auburn, NY: 1819.

First Edition. 4 x 6.5 inches, 320 pp, with errata slip pasted to rear blank, folding map. A very good copy in a contemporary full-leather binding. Rubbing to extremities, occasional minor foxing, bookplate of Frank L. Hadley on front pastedown. Map has one closed tear repaired on the verso, otherwise in very nice condition. Thomson (1139): "This journey was undertaken with a view to explore the Wabash lands in the New Purchase. It is a work of sterling merit. The author (a Quaker) was a practical engineer, and on the whole, the work, although very unpretentious in style, is well worthy of attention; The route of the author was down the Ohio, stopping at all the towns and places of interest on both sides of the river; the description of the journey to Vincennes, occupies the first half of the volume; page 189 to the end consists of 'Additional Notices of the Western Country.'" Field (1549) notes that Thomas "was one of the first to draw attention to the aboriginal monuments of central New York." See also Sabin 95384; Howes T-162; Streeter Sale 1409 ("an important account of the early Indiana frontier").

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