Liverpool. 1817. xii,-364pp. plus errata slip. Modern three-quarter morocco and cloth, spine gilt, raised bands, t.e.g. Ownership label of Frank H. Goodyear, III on front pastedown. Age-toned, scattered foxing. Two-inch closed tear in left side of titlepage, with no loss. About very good. Lacks the errata slip. Item #WRCAM23792
Bradbury was a Scottish naturalist who went up the Missouri River with Wilson Price Hunt's party, stopping at the Mandan villages, then returning down river to St. Louis with H.M. Brackenridge. The appendix includes an account of the Stuart overland trip, with a reprint of the AMERICAN ENTERPRISE article (see Wagner-Camp 11) about their expedition. In addition, there is an Osage vocabulary, considerable information about the Mississippi Valley, and an account of the captivity of John Colter. There is also a "Catalogue of some of the more rare or valuable plants discovered in the neighborhood of St. Louis and on the Missouri." This work is not mentioned in TAXONOMIC LITERATURE, but Ewan tells us that Bradbury was a "Scotch naturalist who came to America to collect seeds and objects of natural history for the Liverpool Botanical Garden." Although Bradbury seldom mentions it, he was accompanied on this trip by naturalist Thomas Nuttall. A basic and rare work on the first probings up the Missouri. HOWES B695. CLARK II:137. WAGNER-CAMP 14:1. GRAFF 383. PILLING, PROOF-SHEETS 433. AYER SUPPLEMENT 23. STREETER SALE 1779.