Wheeling, WV: H. Hoblitzell, 1851. Hardcover. This interesting work was described in Howes as a "Valuable compilation based on reliable sources" Howes D223. In addition to relating the history, the author also provides biographical sketches of those he terms "distinguished actors in our border wars" such as Col. Ebenezer Zane, General Andrew Lewis, General Daniel Brodhead, Captain Samuel Brady and more. Bound in original publisher's green cloth binding with gilt vignette of a Native American scalping a man. Debossed cloth designs, gilt titling to spine. Binding is bumped, rubbed, with a few light stains. Interior pages generally clean with brown spots occasionally to pages. With frontispiece illustration, three plates and one fold-out. With former owner bookplate to front pastedown, random black number and letters to free endpaper, and ownership signature of John A Wharton, Liberty VA, 1852. A desirable copy of this history. Octavo. 416 pages. AMERH/032621. Very Good.
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London: John Murray, (1844). Hardcover. First edition. George William Featherstonhaugh (1780-1866) was a British-American geologist and geographer. He was one of the proposers of the Albany and Schenectady Railroad and was the first geologist to the US government. He surveyed portions of the Louisiana Purchase for the US government [Wikipedia}. His travels for his assignment took place in the 1830s throughout that vast region. Published in 1844, his report on his expeditions, Excursion Through the Slave States, is remarkable for reasons beyond the geological observations made by its author. Featherstonhaugh attempted to write much of the dialogue with locals in the dialects he observed. "His observations of the state of living of the inhabitants may be the single best picture of the state of society in Arkansas Territory at the time." [Dictionary of Arkansas]. The book is still eminently readable today, with Featherstonhaugh's both serious and humorous observations of society, culture, nature - both flora and fauna - and much more. He offered candid observations on the role of slavery in the early years of the country. Bound in original brown cloth with embossed designs to covers and paper title labels to spines. Spine of Volume I was torn along left side and reattached. Cloth is rubbed, a bit soiled, and lightly bumped. There is evidence that a spine label was removed but there is no other indication that this is ex-library. Bookplate affixed to pastedowns and old ownership signature on ffep. Interior pages are clean and bright. Some gutters visible where books were opened flat. With frontispiece color lithographs, a few text vignettes and a foldout map of the United States. The map has one small crease and a closed tear but is otherwise in very nice condition. With eight pages of publisher advertisements dated April 1844. A very good copy. Octavo. Volume I: 357 pages; Volume II: 394 pages. AMERHIST/052521. Very Good.
Chicago: McDonnell Brothers. Hardcover. Folio. Bound in modern matching three quarter black leather over red cloth cloth covered boards with black titles to spines. Inlaid in both covers are pieces from the original cloth bindings with the original gilt title stamps. Small chip to head of spine of second volume. Minor wear to bindings including light wear to spines, edges of boards, and corners. slight fraying to cloth where cloth meets the leather corners. Bookplate to front pastedowns, which appear to be preserved and re-adhered from original binding. The bookplates have been pasted down upside-down with a few water spots. Slight browning and occasional smudge marks to page margins, but clean and bright overall. Remnants of glue to rear pastedowns suggesting that these might be ex-library; however, no other noticeable library markings. Chipping and closed tears to edges of some pages. Large fold-out map in first volume; however, it is currently in several pieces with several large chips. Full marbled edges. An attractive set. 836 pages. AMER/011821. Very Good.
Clarksburg, VA: Joseph Israel, 1831. Hardcover. First Edition. Bound in full dark brown leather with gilt title label to spine. Rubbing and wear to leather along hinges and edges of boards. Dampstaining to boards and interior, heaviest on first and last few pages. Red numeric stamp to bottom of title page. Ownership signature dated 1835 to rear endpapers. Pencil calculations to rear endpaper. Foxing, staining, and occasional soiling throughout, but a good reading copy. Interior front hinge is a little loose, but boards remain firmly attached. Chipping to edges of some pages. Front free endpaper is present, but detached with a loss. 319 pages plus 4 pages of Contents and 1 page of advertisements. (Howes W601) AMER/011921. Very Good.