MEMOIRS AND ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN MATTHEW PHELPS; FORMERLY OF HARWINGTON [sic] IN CONNECTICUT. NOW RESIDENT IN NEWHAVEN IN VERMONT. PARTICULARLY IN TWO VOYAGES, FROM CONNECTICUT TO THE RIVER MISSISSIPPI, FROM DECEMBER 1773 TO OCTOBER 1780....

Bennington, Vt. From the press of Anthony Haswell, 1802. 210,63,[3],xii pp. 12mo. Antique-style calf, gilt leather label. Bookplate on rear pastedown. Moderately toned. Else very good. Item #WRCAM41852B

One of the only sources for this period, and probably the only printed narrative by an eyewitness and participant in the opening campaigns of the American Revolution in Louisiana and the "Natchez Country." Field described the work as "very scarce" in 1875, and Owen dubs it "exceedingly rare." Includes detailed accounts of the battles and travels, with much on the collusion between the British and the Indians, Spanish intrigues, etc. "[T]he MEMOIRS is one of the most fascinating and harrowing narratives of the early nineteenth century. Phelps and his family were members of a party led by Phineas Lyman to settle on the Yazoo River" - Graff. HOWES H300, "b." GRAFF 1816. STREETER SALE 1528 (this copy). CLARK I:287. SABIN 30829. OWEN, p.782. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 2887. FIELD 920. McCORISON 643.

Price: $3,500.00

Important Early Western Account