Publisher: Pittsburgh: Printed and Published by Cramer, Spear and Eichbaum, 1814.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: American Imprints 30979; Clark, Travels in the Old South, vol. 2, 136; Sabin 7176.
Condition: Spine and covers well-rubbed; joints cracked, but cords holding; a good, sound copy with interesting provenance, enclosed in a clamshell box.
Book ID: 21340
Description8vo, contemporary tree calf, gilt ruled spine.
CommentsH. M. Brackenridge (1786-1871) was a son of the colorful author and jurist Hugh Henry Brackenridge (1748-1816). In 1811 he accompanied the great fur-trader Manuel Lisa on an expedition up the Missouri River to the Missouri Fur Company's fort past the Mandan villages. Later in 1811 Brackenridge moved to New Orleans, where he studied Spanish law and researched the history and resources of the region. He combines his reports on Louisiana and his journal of his Missouri River voyage in the present volume and produces an absorbing and important piece of early Americana. Signature of Amos Ellmaker (1787-1851) on the front paste-down. Ellmaker was a jurist and politician in Pennsylvania. See Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography.