Remarks made on a tour to Prairie du Chien; thence to Washington City. Caleb Atwater.
Remarks made on a tour to Prairie du Chien; thence to Washington City

Remarks made on a tour to Prairie du Chien; thence to Washington City

Columbus, (O.): Isaac N. Whiting, 1831. First edition, 12mo, pp. [iii]-vii, [1], [iii]-iv, 296; recent quarter calf antique, gilt-lettered direct on spine; nice copy. The book includes "historical, topographical, and economic notices of Maysville, Cincinnati, Louisville, and St. Louis… Atwater was a careful observer of men and affairs, with some knowledge of botany and geology; his book is an interesting study of frontier conditions in the Middle West" (Larned). "The real object of his tour was to procure, as Commissioner of the Government, accession of the title of the Winnebago, Pottawatomie, Chippewa, and Ottawa Indians, in the rich mineral lands now forming the state of Wisconsin and part of Illinois. On pages 149 to 172 the author has given 'Rudiments of the Grammar of the Sioux Language,' all of which is omitted in the edition of 1833" (Field). This is a pioneering examination "of the peculiarities of those tribes which he visited, biography of some of their chiefs, Indian poetry, specimens of their language, and incidents of his associations with them." American Imprints 5818; Field 54; Howes A379; Larned 2016; Siebert 365. Item #52331

Price: $650.00

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