NOTES ON A JOURNEY IN AMERICA, FROM THE COAST OF VIRGINIA TO THE TERRITORY OF ILLINOIS: WITH PROPOSALS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A COLONY OF ENGLISH....
Dublin: Thomas Larkin, 1818. 158pp. Folding frontispiece map, outlined in contemporary color. Contemporary paper boards, paper label; rebacked with later cloth. Light wear and soiling to boards. Modern bookplate on front pastedown. Bright and clean internally. Very good plus, in near original condition. The first Dublin edition, originally published in Philadelphia in 1817. Sabin quotes the EDINBURGH REVIEW as stating: "One of the most interesting and instructive books that have appeared for many years." The author, a native Englishman who came to the United States to escape an oppressive government and a church of whose doctrines he disapproved, travelled from Norfolk via Richmond, Washington, Frederickstown, Maryland, Hagerstown, Pittsburgh, Wheeling, Zanesville, Chillicothe, Cincinnati, Madison, Indiana, Vincennes, and finally to the Illinois Territory. He founded a British settlement in southeastern Illinois. "This is the first of the long list of books relating to the English settlement in Illinois. In it Birkbeck tells of a land- hunting expedition into southeastern Illinois and of a visit to Shawneetown. He was a keen observer and a good writer and the book is a valuable contribution..." - Buck. With a large and lovely folding map of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. HOWES B468. SABIN 5569. CLARK II:4. BUCK 95.
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