Dublin. 1818. xv,112pp. Early 20th-century brown cloth, spine gilt. Head and foot of spine rubbed, small gouge out of cloth at edge of spine. Bookplate on front pastedown. Internally quite clean. Very good. In a blue half morocco and cloth slipcase, spine gilt. Item #WRCAM42459
Birkbeck, who encouraged British settlement in Illinois, gives substantial advice on emigration, costs of land, travelling conditions, the character of the local inhabitants (including a defense of Kentuckians), and much more. "These letters were written to friends and inquirers in England and contain a wealth of information about economic and social conditions in the West" - Buck. "The letters contain a great deal of important information about social and economic conditions in Illinois" - Graff. The Dublin edition, as with the London editions, was published without the maps found in the first two American editions. HOWES B467. BUCK 105. GRAFF 303 (another ed).