London. 1794. xxiv,520pp. plus eight plates (one folding) including portrait, plus folding map, pp. index, and leaf of binding directions. Frontispiece portrait. Antique-style half speckled calf and marbled boards, red gilt morocco label, ornate gilt spine. Frontispiece, titlepage, and following five leaves with rough repair to fore-edge, slightly affecting text. Two plates with marginal repairs. Occasional fore-edge dampstaining. Good. Item #WRCAM31856A
Styled the "Second Edition in London" on the titlepage. One of the classic accounts of southern natural history and exploration, with much material on the southern Indian tribes. For the period, Bartram's work is unrivaled. "...[He] wrote with all the enthusiasm and interest with which the fervent old Spanish friars and missionaries narrated the wonders of the new found world...he neglected nothing which would add to the common stock of human knowledge" - Field. "Unequalled for the vivid picturesqueness of its descriptions of nature, scenery, and productions" - Sabin. The folding map shows the eastern coast of Florida, from the River St. John to near Cape Canaveral. Chapter VI is entitled "Language and Manners [of the Muscogulges and Cherokees]." CLARK I:197. HOWES B223, "aa." PILLING, PROOF-SHEETS 305. SERVIES 696. SABIN 3870. VAIL 852. FIELD 94. REESE, FEDERAL HUNDRED 33 (ref).