Cincinnati: Printed and Published by E. Morgan & Co., 1838. 180pp. 12mo. Floral-patterned publisher's brown cloth, neatly rebacked retaining original backstrip with printed paper label. Moderately worn, corners bumped. Light foxing throughout, faint inscription on titlepage. Good plus. Item #WRCAM54980
In this scarce early 19th-century Ohio imprint, Drake presents a collection of vignettes (some of them fictionalized) celebrating the rapidly rising prosperity of Cincinnati, and the colorful characters one might encounter along the rivers and canals connecting to the Queen City. Perhaps most notable is one of the first descriptions of the now-legendary riverboat gamblers, here called "Black-legs" by Drake, who "entertain an especial abhorrence of the prevailing temperance fanaticism...[and] are strong advocates of the race-path and the cock-pit." Other chapters describe a Kentucky election, life on riverboats, and a visit to the Blue Licks. Decent copies are quite uncommon in the market, and this is the first copy handled by this firm. HOWES D461, "aa." THOMSON 343. SABIN 20812. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 50135. WRIGHT I:862.