[Keene, N.H.]: Printed for the Benefit of Emigrants and others, intending to visit the Western Country, 1819. 96pp., lacking the extremely scarce folding table, as usual. 24mo. Contemporary half calf and paper boards. Spine head chipped, edges and corners worn, boards rubbed. Contemporary ink inscriptions on front blanks, very short closed tears to fore-edge of a few leaves. Withal, a very good copy of a book meant to be carried along and used. Item #WRCAM55149
A rare little guide in which Miller collects information on the newly settled territories in the West from travelers, military officers, Indian agents, and correspondents, to benefit prospective emigrants. "Miller gives quite a complete picture of the status of the different Ohio towns as they were in 1816, and of the different routes to the East. He gives the same kind of information for the country to the West and North, but settlement thus far had been so slight that there was not much to report. It is an excellent guide, giving a good contemporary account of the Old Northwest and especially Ohio, and Sabin's characterization 'A little volume of much rarity but of little use' though correct as to rarity, is thoroughly misleading otherwise..." - Streeter, describing a different issue. A very rare work. Thomson had only seen one copy, and it was also lacking the table, as is this copy. The Streeter copy, which was a different issue but the same work, sold to Goodspeed's for $1200 in 1968. It is now at the Cincinnati Public Library. HOWES M601, "c." SABIN 49008. BUCK 124. GRAFF 2794. THOMSON 826. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 48692. JONES 205. STREETER SALE 1329.