New York. 1819. 299pp. plus three engraved plates including frontis. Contemporary marbled boards, neatly rebacked in calf, retaining original leather label. Extensive 19th century library ink stamps on titlepage, pasted ink stamp on verso. Light foxing and toning. Good. Item #WRCAM18591
The first published work of Schoolcraft, notable for his many later works relating to American Indians. His initial training was in geology. In 1817-18 he undertook an expedition to southern Missouri and northern Arkansas to examine the lead mines there, which had been described in print by Moses Austin twenty years earlier. His book is the first detailed description by a trained scientist of the Ozark uplands. At the time of his visit, the area was still effectively beyond the frontier, and he provides a good picture of life there. The frontispiece shows the mining town of Potosi. WAGNER-CAMP 15d:1. HOWES S194. GRAFF 3702. SABIN 77881. CLARK II:66.