Nashville. 1852. Two volumes. viii,374 [i.e. 376]; vii,376pp., plus thirty- one plates. Later three-quarter black morocco and cloth, spines gilt. Corners lightly worn. Ownership inscription on verso of each frontispiece, bookplate on rear pastedowns. First volume with ink stamp on pastedown and titlepage. Lightly foxed. Some light wear and soiling. Very good. Item #WRCAM16070
A very rare complete set of this interesting and important Tennessee periodical, containing all twelve articles entitled "Early History of the Southwest," which constitute the main interest of the magazine for modern readers. After the magazine ceased publication with the December 1852 issue, the editors followed their intention stated in their last editorial and gathered all of the narratives into a book issued in January 1853 entitled INDIAN BATTLES, MURDERS, SEIGES [sic] AND FORAYS IN THE SOUTH-WEST. "...This was a collection of narratives by various authors. These had appeared separately as articles in the SOUTH WESTERN MONTHLY MAGAZINE, printed in Nashville during the years 1851-52. The magazines are considered frontier periodicals of extreme rarity - the 1853 book...is all but unobtainable. Apparently, few copies of the book were printed, judging from the very few times one finds records of its sale..." - Allen. The actual first appearances in print of all of the items in the book are the periodical versions. Articles include "Sketch of the Captivity of Col. Joseph Brown," "The Indian Massacres in the Vicinity of Bosley's Spring...," "Indian Murders around Nashville - Narrative of John Davis, Esq.," "Scalping of Thomas Everett and his two sisters, near Buchanan's Fort...," "Indian Battles and Murders - Narrative of General Hall," "Perils attending emigration from Virginia to the West...burning of Sigler's Fort. Narrative of John Carr," "The levy of men sent out from North Carolina...narrative of Mr. Samuel Blair," "Narrative of John Rains," "Massacre at Cavet's Station." Virtually all of the narratives describe Indian fights in Tennessee between the 1780s and the War of 1812. An important rarity of Indian warfare on the Old Southwest frontier. This set has a remarkably large number of plates; other sets we know of have far fewer. All seem to be remainders from New York publications used as illustrations without regard to text. HOWES W30 (ref). ALLEN RARITIES 47. ALLEN IMPRINTS 3160.