London. 1809. 316,pp. Contemporary mottled calf, expertly rebacked with antique calf spine, leather label. Some light foxing (mostly affecting index leaves). Overall very good. Item #WRCAM24900
The one volume edition, issued one year after the original three volume edition in 12mo. Ashe was a slippery character. According to Clark, "his entire career was checkered with intrigue, misrepresentation, and fraud." This book chronicles his trip by flatboat down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers in 1806. He is uniform in his criticism of Americans and their ways, and he was roundly condemned by most later commentators in the United States. Clark comments further: "Enlivened by misrepresentation and exaggeration, Ashe's account is interesting and highly readable." CLARK 134. HOWES A352. SABIN 2180.