His first book of many

The south-west. By a Yankee. In two volumes.

New York: Harper & Bros. 1835. First edition, 2 volumes, 12mo, pp. xi, [1], [13]-276; xi, [1], [9]-294; original brown cloth, paper labels on spine; volume I with cloth cracked and chipped along joints and a small piece missing at the top of the spine; volume II with front free endpaper and flyleaf excised. "Ingraham's contemporary description of New Orleans (Vol. I) and Natchez (Vol. II) is a major source on the social history of the two cities" (Streeter). First book by a popular Maine author, written at the age of 26, and set primarily in Louisiana and Mississippi. Ingraham wrote about 80 fictional thrillers before taking orders in the Episcopal Church and renouncing his career as a novelist. BAL cites Longfellow who wrote that Ingraham composed as many as 80 novels, 20 of them in one year. BAL 9929; Howes I-49. Sabin 34775; Streeter III, 1543; Wright I, 349;. Item #54626

Price: $250.00

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