Pittsburgh: Published by H. Patterson & Lambdin, 1820. 46,,47-274pp. including sixteen maps. 12mo. Contemporary half sheep and paper- covered boards, spine gilt. Worn at spine ends and corners, three small worm holes in spine, boards rubbed and paper scuffed. Modern bookplate on front pastedown, two ownership stamps on endpapers. Bottom edge of leaf B6 torn, not affecting text or map; tear in upper margin of leaf E2, affecting running headline and one word of text. Text tanned, scattered moderate foxing. Good overall. Item #WRCAM62649
This uncommon two-part guide to the western frontier of the United States during the early period of national expansion era includes "Direction and charts for navigating the Ohio from Pittsburgh to its confluence with the Mississippi at Cairo, followed by a GEOGRAPHY with a separate title” (Streeter). Streeter also states that “several bibliographers claim that this work is based on Cramer’s NAVIGATOR. I have compared several pages of these directions and charts and found that Gilleland's observations were quite independent of Cramer's." The reach of the geography section is quite wide, extending to Louisiana, Arkansas, and Missouri. Each region examined in the geography includes a description of the countryside, climate and natural resources, as well as a description of state and local government and advice to emigrants on land titles, etc., with a focus on Ohio. The GEOGRAPHY section bears its own titlepage, though the entire work is continuously paginated. "The book is not common" - Thomson.
A scarce collection of early navigation maps and directions for the Ohio and Mississippi rivers as well as a look at the westernmost states and territories during early American expansion. HOWES G173, "aa." STREETER SALE 1332. SABIN 27389. BUCK 148. THOMSON 447.