Books on Early American Travels
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  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesAshe, Thomas:  Travels In America, Performed in 1806, For The Purpose Of Exploring The Rivers Alleghany, Monongahela, Ohio And Mississippi And Ascertaining The Produce and Condition Of Their Banks And Vicinity.  Newburyport: William Sawyer & Co., 1808. First Edition. Very good+ in full, contemporary tree calf covered boards with a gilt, red leather title block on the spine. A 16mo of 7 by 4 inches with an early prior owner's name at the top edge of the title page with scattered foxing throughout. The leather covers are worn and rubbed at the edges of the boards, but none are worn through. 366 pages including an appendix and text. The original title was published in England in 1808 in three volumes. This is the first American edition. Howes in his bibliography, U.S.Iana, states that this title is: "Interesting in spite of its snarling asperity and numerous lies." Clark in his bibliography of Travels in The Old South, believed that this title was "one of the least acceptable American Travel Accounts" as the author "realized that a book devoted largely to the condemnation of Americans would be profitable." He goes on to say that despite Ashe's "oblique observations" he "was favorably impressed with the Ohio and Mississippi valleys, and his descriptions are generally credible." (Howes, A-352; Clark, II, 134; Sabin, 2180)
    TB29837  $350.00


  • Click on Image to expandBurnaby, Andrew:  Burnaby's Travels Through North America : Reprinted from the Third Edition of 1798.  New York: A. Wessels Company, 1904. Reprint from the Third Edition. Good+ in the publisher's original red cloth covered boards with faded gilt text stamping on the spine. The cloth at the head and heel of the spine is worn and just beginning to fray. The spine itself is slightly faded and the cloth at the tips of the boards is rubbed. Without its issued plain paper dust jacket. One of the volumes in the Source Books of American History with an introduction and notes by Rufus Rockwell Wilson. 265 pages including an index. Originally published in London in 1775 under the title: Travels Through the Middle Settlements in North America in 1759 and 1760. Copies of the original publication are considered "quite scarce" by Wright Howes. (Howes B-995)
    TB20705  $75.00


  • Click on Image to expandCampbell, Patrick:  A Journey Through The Genesee Country, Finger Lakes Region and Mohawk Valley from Patrick Campbell's Travels in the Interior Inhabited Parts of North America in the Years 1791 and 1792.  Rochester, NY: The University of Rochester Libraries, 1978. First Edition thus. Fine in 1/4 red cloth and tan paper covered boards with gilt text stamped on the spine. An octavo of 8 3/8 by 5 inches. Without a dust jacket as issued; however, this copy is contained within its issued, paper covered slip case with a paper title label on the front board. Unpaginated. Originally published in London in 1799, this is a facsimile copy of the first printing of the book. Illustrated with two plates.
    TB29417  $30.00


  • Click on Image to expandCarver, Jonathan:  Three Years Travels Through The Interior Parts of North America.  Boston: David West, 1794. Third American Edition. Recently rebound in full black leather with five raised bands on the spine and with a gilt stamped, red leather spine label. A 16mo measuring 6 11/16 by 3 3/4 inches with repaired title page and general tanning of the pages. 282 of text. Printed in Portsmouth, New Hampshire by Charles Peirce for David West the publisher. This title was first issued in London in 1778. It was not published in the United States until 1784 in Philadelphia with a second edition published in that city in 1789 which edition was reprinted in 1792. We therefore infer this to be a third American edition. (Lee's A Bibliography of Carver's Travels) According to Howes: "Carver penetrated farther into the West than any other English explorer before the Revolution." Although an American (by birth) Carver was not able to get the manuscript of his trip (1766-1768) published in this country. He went to London where it was published. (DAB) The popularity of his book lead to many translations, editions and printings in several countries. (Howes, C-215; Evans, 26745; Sabin, 11185; Lee, p165 to 169; DAB, v II, p552)
    TB28799  $450.00


  • Click on Image to expandCutter, Donald:  Malaspina In California.  San Francisco: John Howell Books, 1960. First Edition. Fine in light yellow linen covered boards with bold gilt text stamping on the spine and with gilt text and decorations on the front board. A small quarto measuring 11" by 8 1/2". Without a dust jacket. One of only 1,000 copies printed. 96 pages including an index, appendices and text. Illustrated with two color plates and two sections of reproductions of earlier works of art. In 1791 Captains Alejandro Malaspina and Jose Bustamante y Guerra lead the Spanish naval exploring expedition, a 62-month around the world scientific endeavor. During this trip they stopped for a two week period in Monterey, California to explore and document what they found. This volume, the first English translation of the original Spanish printing of 1885, details their discoveries and provides necessary detail on California's early Spanish history. (Cowen, p. 412)
    TB26563  $125.00


  • Click on Image to expandDamrosch, Leo:  Tocqueville's Discovery Of America.  New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, (2010). First Edition, First printing. Fine in dark blue paper covered boards with bold gilt text stamping on the spine. An octavo measuring 9" by 6" with what appears to be a printer's error on the title page which shows faint splotches of light gray ink in a narrow vertical line down the page resembling mouse tracks. This same error is repeated on the verso of page ix confirming a printer's error. In a fine, unclipped dust jacket. 277 pages including an index, chapter notes and text. Illustrated with reproductions of contemporary works of art and a map. Alexis De Tocqueville was most famous for his book Democracy in America which resulted from a nine month tour through the young United States during the years 1831 to 1832. The author brings to life Tocqueville's tour through Canada, the eastern parts of what is now Wisconsin and Michigan, the great lakes, the eastern most states and south down the Ohio to the Mississippi to New Orleans and back to New York City by way of stage coach through the south eastern states.
    TB25147  $25.00


  • Click on Image to expandEllicott, Andrew:  The Journal Of Andrew Ellicott Late Commissioner on Behalf of the United States for Determining the Boundary Between the United States and the Possessions of His Catholic Majesty.  Chicago: Quadrangle Books, (1962). Reprint of 1962. Very good in gray cloth covered boards with gilt text stamping on the spine. A small quarto measuring 9 1/8" by 6" with the impression of a rusted paper clip at the upper edge of the verso of the fly title page and the upper edge of the title page as well as faint spots of foxing on the edges of the text block. In a very good, price clipped dust jacket with several shallow chips and closed tears around the edges of the spine and panels. 151 pages of text followed by 28 pages of maps. This is a facsimile reprint of the original printing of 1803. The author, shortly after he finished surveying the ten square mile land ceded by Virginia and Maryland, an area now known as the District of Columbia, was retained by the Federal Government to survey the boundary between Spanish Florida and the United States. It took Ellicott four years to complete the survey making his final report in 1800. Later he compiled his notes, records and recollections into this, his journal of that feat. This reprinted title is the seventh volume in the Americana Classics series edited by O. Lawrence Burnette, Jr. and published by Quadrangle Books.
    TB28360  $65.00


  • Click on Image to expandGarner, William Robert:  Letters from California 1846-1847.  Berkeley: University of California Press, 1970. First Edition, First Printing. Fine in maroon cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spine. An octavo measuring 9" by 6". In a fine, unclipped dust jacket. These letters (originally sent under the identity of only "W. G." were sent to newspapers on the east coast just before the Gold Rush. They describe in great detail the customs, events and landscape of the area around Monterey and San Francisco Bay. Edited, with a sketch of the life and times of the author of these letters. 262 pages including an index, bibliography and text. Illustrated with maps, one section of black and white photographs and reproductions of earlier works of art.
    TB26456  $25.00


  • Click on Image to expandHall, Captain Basil:  Travels in North America, In The Years 1827 and 1828.  Edinburgh: Cadell and Co. and Simpkine and Marshall, 1829. First Edition. All three volumes of this complete set are in very good+ condition elaborately bound in full brown leather (calf) diced on the boards with a gilt border, three raised bands on the spines with gilt tooling and two black leather title blocks with gilt text. On volumes I and III the black leather title blocks are chipped with only minor losses to the gilt text. The edges of the text blocks are marbled. Each is a 7mo measuring 7 1/4" by 4 1/2" with an early prior owner's book plate attached to the front paste downs of each volume. Each volume also has the remains of silk placement ribbons sewn-in at the heads of the spines. Volume I contains 421 pages and is illustrated with hand colored fold-out map at the front of the book. The map is in excellent condition with only a small 1/3" closed tear at its margin. Volume II contains 432 pages; and, volume III contains 436 pages followed by a fold-out table of financial and census data for the various states then part of the United States of America. Considered "mildly scarce" by Howes. (Howes, H-47; Sabin, 29275; Clark III, 48)
    TB26696  $600.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesHodgson, Adam:  Letters From North America Written During a Tour In the United States And Canada.  London: Hurst, Robinson, & Co.and A. Constable & Co., 1824. First Edition. Both volumes of this two volume set are in very good+ condition in 3/4 leather (calf) and marbled paper covered boards with gilt text and rules on the spines. Both volumes are octavos measuring 8 1/2" by 5 1/8" with rubbing and light wear to the leather around the tips of the boards, at the head and heel of the spines and at the joints. Volume I contains a preface followed by 405 pages which includes an errata on page 405. It is illustrated with a frontispiece map. Volume II contains a fold-out, frontispiece map, 459 pages followed by a tipped-in errata and is illustrated with the aforementioned frontispiece and several engravings of Native American implements and ornaments on pages 442 and 443. With the exception of offsetting from the frontispieces and engravings there is no foxing or tanning present within these two volumes. This is the more complete and revised edition of Hodgson's letters. The earlier version was printed in New York in 1823 and strips much from its content. The author spent eight months traveling through out the eastern states of the US. In the process he wrote 44 letters which are published in these volumes. He arrived in New York City and traveled to Washington DC, Richmond, Norfolk, Raleigh, Fayetteville, Lumberton, Charleston, Savannah, Augusta, Mobile, New Orleans, Natchez, Greenville, Huntsville, Lookout Mountain, Knoxville, visited Jefferson at Monticello, Baltimore, parts of New England and Philadelphia. His main areas of interest were slavery, which he abhorred, and Indian culture, where he had a great interest. Howes considers this set as "quite scarce" and provides "Unbiased observations." (Clark, Vol. 2, 208; Howes, H-560)
    TB28287  $500.00


  • Click on Image to expandMarquis De Chastellus, Francois-Jean:  Travels in North America in the Years 1780, 1781 an 1782 by the Marquis De Chastellux.  Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1963. . Both volumes of this two volume set are in very near fine condition in green cloth covered boards with gilt text on the spines the cloth of which is slightly faded. Both are small quartos measuring 9 1/4" by 6" with a prior owner's book plate on the verso of the first free end pages. Without dust jackets as issued; however, both books are contained within a very good paper covered slip case which shows spots of foxing over its panels and rear board. Volume I contains 361 pages of text illustrated with maps and black and white images of reproductions of contemporary works of art. Volume II contains pages 365 to 688 including an index, chapter notes and text. A revised translation with introduction and notes by Howard C. Rice, Jr.
    TB23741  $40.00


  • Click on Image to expandMarryat, Captain [Frederick]:  A Diary In America, with Remarks On Its Institutions (6 volumes).  London: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1839. First Edition, of the 1st and 2nd series.. All six volumes of this six volume matched set are frst editions of 1st and 2nd series and all are in very good+ or better condition in 3/4 leather (calf) and marbled paper covered boards with five raised bands on the spines with red and black leather title labels and gilt tooling in the compartments. The end sheets for each volume match the marbled paper on the covers of the books. All edges of the text blocks are gilt. Each volume is a small octavo measuring 7 3/4" by 5" with an early prior owner's book plate attached to the front paste down. The front hinge and joint to volume I of the first series (Part I) is weak with the front hinge reinforced with archival tape and the rear joint is showing wear, but remains tight. The spine is very slightly faded. Vol. II only shows wear to the leather at the head and heel of the spine and lower edges of the boards with very light wear to the joints. Vol. III shows only light rubbing to the front joint. Vol. I of the Second Series (Part II) shows only slight wear and rubbing to the front hinge and to the lower edges of the boards. Vol. II and III both show shallow wear to the leather at the head and heel of the spines and to the lower edges of the boards and light wear to the front joints. Pasted to the second free end page is a clipped signature of Frederick Marryat. With an errata page for Vol. I appearing at the rear of Vol. III. Vol. II of the Second Series has the fold-out map of "Aboriginal America" upon which are noted the various Native American tribes within their respective geographical areas. This map is followed by a second fold-out map of central Florida showing the seat of hostilities with Seminole Indians and the United States. By the time of his visit and tour of America and Canada in 1837 through 1838, Captain Marryat had already attained the status of an accomplished novelist in Great Britain. He published his notes, diary and comments on his travels shortly after returning to England. His characterizations of Americans their institutions and his remarks were hardly complimentary. Both Series I and Series II are considered "scarce" by Howes. (Howes, M-300 & M-301; Clark, Travels in the Old South, III:204)
    TB26697  $750.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesMarryat, Captain [Frederick]:  A Diary In America With Remarks On Its Institutions.  New York: Wm. H. Colyer, 1839. First Edition by Colyer. Very good+ in original 1/4 brown cloth and tan paper covered boards with a paper label on the spine. A 12mo measuring 7 1/4 by 4 3/8 inches with light wear and rubbing to the tips of the boards and foxing to the end sheets and with an early prior owner's name at the upper edge of the title page. Without a dust jacket. 263 pages of text. Complete in one volume. The author records his impressions of his travels through the US and Canada during the years 1837 and 1838. (Howes, M-300; Sabin 44696; Clark, III, 204)
    TB28529  $100.00


  • Click on Image to expandMcDermott (Editor), John Francis:  Before Mark Twain A Sampler of Old, Old Times on the Mississippi.  Carbondale, Ill.: Southern Illinois University Press, (1968). First Edition, First printing. Fine in 1/4 white buckram cloth and printed paper covered boards with bold gilt text on the spine with map endsheets. A small quarto measuring 9 1/2" by 6". In a very near fine price clipped dust jacket with light wear and rubbing to the corners of the spine area. 298 pages including an index. A collection of 37 "diaries, travel accounts and reminiscences of voyages through the wilderness in which men detailed the adventures of their youth" and which help to document the settlement of the western plains following the close of the American Revolution. (Quotation from the editor's introduction.) One of the volumes in the publisher's series Travels On The Western Waters.
    TB24285  $30.00


  • Click on Image to expandPeattie, Donald Culross:  Audubon's America The Narrative And Experiences of John James Audubon.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1940. First Edition, First printing. Fine in heavy light blue buckram covered boards with silver on red title blocks on the spine and on the front board and with map end sheets. A quarto measuring 11 1/2" by 7 1/2". In a very near fine unclipped dust jacket with minor rubbing to the ends of the spine area and to two places on the folds to the spine and with two short closed tears to the upper edge of the front panel. (329) pages including an index and illustrated with 17 facsimile, full color plates of Audubon's paintings of wildlife. The map end sheets record Audubon's extensive travels through North America from 1803 to 1849.
    TB24576  $85.00


  • Click on Image to expandSchoolcraft, Henry:  Narrative Of An Expedition Through The Upper Mississippi To Itasca Lake The Actual Source Of The River; Embracing An Exploratory Trip Through The St. Croix And Burntwood (Or Broule) Rivers In 1832..  New York: Harper & Brothers, 1834. First Edition. Very good- in the publisher's original light tan cloth covered boards with a printed paper label on the spine. An octavo measuring 8 3/4" by 5 1/2" with the cloth splitting at the joints, but with the binding still holding and with heavy foxing to the preliminaries and end sheets. There are two early prior owner's names in pencil on the first free end page. The fold-out map preceding the title page has a 4 inch closed tear which has been professionally repaired. 307 pages of text including an extensive appendix which is followed by a page of errata. Illustrated with the fold-out map mentioned above, a second fold-out map page [121] and three single page maps. Considered by Howes to be "quite scarce". Sabin states of this title: "Most of this narrative is occupied with interesting incidents of Indian life and character, extracts from manuscript journals of the fur-traders, and traditions of the aboriginies. Pages 169 to 210 of the Appendix, are devoted to an analysis and vocabulary of the Chippewa language." (Howes, S187; Sabin, 77878; Graff, 3698
    TB26959  $600.00


  • Click on Image to expand[Silliman, Benjamin], :  Remarks Made On A Short Tour Between Hartford And Quebec in the Autumn of 1819.  New Haven: S. Converse, 1824. Second Edition, with corrections and additions. Near fine in a recent light brown cloth binding with gilt text and borders stamped on the spine and new end sheets. A small octavo measuring 7 5/8 by 4 3/4 inches Without a dust jacket. 443 pages of text with an engraved title page and a printed title page. Illustrated with a frontispiece and nine engraved plates by Simon S. Jocelyn. Silliman was a noted American chemist, geologist and educator at Yale. He was Yale's first professor of chemistry and natural history. In this trip Silliman provides comment not only on sites and landmarks, but also the topography and geology of the areas he traveled. (Howes S-459; Sabin 81042)
    TB28823  $150.00


  • Click on Image to view multiple imagesStansbury, Howard:  Exploration And Survey Of The Valley Of The Great Salt Lake of Utah, Including A Reconnoissance OF a New Route Through The Rocky Mountains Senate Special Session, March 1851, Executive No. 3..  Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo & Co., 1852. First Edition. Very good+ 3/4 leather and marbled paper covered boards with leather replacement of back strip which with a gilt. An octavo measuring 9" by 6" with three prior owner's book plates tipped-in on the front end sheets; and, with pencil notations on the title page. Scattered light foxing throughout. 487 pages including an index, text and tables. The primary text by Captain Stansbury is illustrated with a frontispiece, 34 tinted, lithographic plates (two of which fold-out) and the fold-out "Facsimile of a part of a map of North America" originally done in 1710. The appendices, written by others in Stansbury's party, are illustrated with 23 black and white plates of reptiles, insects, plants and paleontology. A portion or part of Plate IV listed in the contents under Paleontology illustrating Pleurotomaria coronula and Euomphalus subplanus is missing (and probably never bound-in). The two large, fold-out maps which are often found in a separate volume are, in this case, bound-in and are both in excellent condition the last of which has a small 1/2" closed tear at the margin. Considered quite scarce" by Howes (Howes, S-884; Graff, 3947; Sabin, 90372; Wagner-Camp, 219; Wheat, 764 & 765) An extremely attractive volume with restoration work to the binding saving the original marbled paper covers and leather corners.
    TB25154  $700.00


  • Click on Image to expandSutcliff, Robert:  Travels in Some Parts Of North America in the Years 1804, 1805, & 1806.  Philadelphia: B. & T. Kite, 1812. First U. S. Edition. Good+ to Very good- in full leather covered boards with a tan leather label on the spine. The edges of the hinges are rubbed, the leather on the lower fore corners of the boards is rubbed through and the leather at the head of the spine has two short closed tears. The preliminaries have a dampness stain across the upper 1/4 of the pages. The text itself is uniformly tanned with little evidence of foxing. All pages are present and the binding is tight; although the one illustration (which should have been the frontispiece, is misplaced in the center of the text adjacent to the topic itself). A 16mo measuring 6 3/4" tall by 4" deep containing 289 pages of text and illustrated with one etching of the falls of Niagara. Sutcliff was a British Quaker who made a number of trips to and through the United States. This account is quite readable and is based on his second trip to the U.S. from July, 1804 to August, 1806. He spoke quite well of what he saw but regarded "slavery as a disgrace to the South, a lovely region which was 'clouded and debased by negro slavery"". (Clark, vII,126) (Howes, S-1145; Sabin, 93943; Clark, II, 126)
    TB18978  $200.00


  • Click on Image to expand(Washington Irving), :  The Crayon Miscellany No. 2 Containing Abbotsford and Newstead Abbey.  Philadelphia: Carey, Lea and Blanchard, 1835. First Edition. Very good+ in a restored binding with new end sheets in the publisher's original green cloth covered boards with a new, faithfully accurate reproduction of the original paper label on the spine. A 12mo measuring 7" tall by 4 1/4" deep. The cloth on the spine is lightly worn around the edges as is the cloth at the edges of the boards; but, there is no fraying. The pages of the text block are all evenly tanned. There are two early prior owner's names in pencil on the second free end page and on the title page. 230 pages of text followed by a blank leaf and 32 pages of ads from the publisher and one final blank leaf. The Crayon Miscellany No. 1 contained A Tour On The Prairies and was published by Carey, Lea, & Blanchard on April 11, 1835. This volume, No. 2, was published six weeks later, on May 30, 1835. Reportedly, only 5,000 copies were printed. The contents are "Irving's fond tribute to the homes of Walter Scott and Lord Byron." (Brian Jay Jones: Washington Irving An American Original.) It was well received by an adoring American public even winning fond praise from Edgar Allan Poe in his review which appeared in the Southern Literary Messenger. The British publication of nearly the same text preceded the American edition by roughly one month. (Langford/Blackburn p. 33; BAL 10142)
    TB25978  $150.00


  • Click on Image to expand[Washington Irving], :  The Crayon Miscellany No. 1 Containing A Tour On The Prairies; The Crayon Miscellany No. 2 Containing Abbotsford and Newstead Abbey and The Crayon Miscellany No. 3 Containing Legends of the Conquest of Spain (3 volumes).  Philadelphia: Carey, Lea, & Blanchard, 1835. All First Editions . All three volumes are in the publisher's original dark green cloth covered boards with the original, paper labels on the spines of No. 1 and No. 2. and with a meticulously accurate reproduction of the paper label on the spine of No. 3. All three are 12mos measuring 7" by 4 1/4" and are all in very good or better condition. No. 1 is a first edition, first state with the sheets bulking to 9/16" without the ads with the synopsis on page 247 showing: "binger of dawn" and the paper spine label is identified as "Label A" and, the catalog (ads at the rear) is identified as "Catalog A" per BAL 10140. It is in very good condition and contains 274 pages followed by a blank leaf and then by 24 pages of ads by the publisher. There is some scuffing to the boards and there is an early prior owner's name written in both ink and pencil on the first free end page. (The penciled signature is followed by a date of "1835". ) The corners of the boards are turned inward and there are spots of foxing throughout. Only 5,000 copies of the first printing were produced making this title fairly uncommon. This was Irving's first book written entirely in the US following his seventeen year stay in Europe. He was worried that Tour of the Prairies was too simple and not strong enough to stand on its own as a book. In January of 1835 he hit upon the idea of publishing it as the first volume in a multi-volume series he would call The Crayon Miscellany. (Brian Jay Jones: Washington Irving An American Original) In this volume he added an opening announcement (billed as an "Advertisement") with the following statement: "The 'Crayon Miscellany' will appear in the numbers, from time to time, as circumstances may permit' and will contain scenes and sketches of life in America and Europe; together with such other themes, both real and imaginary, as may present themselves to the mind of the Author." No. 2 is a first edition in very good+ condition in the publisher's original green cloth covered boards with the original paper label on the spine with a minor, narrow abrasion approximately 1/2" long. A 12mo measuring 7" tall by 4 1/4" deep with an early (1898) prior owner's name written in ink on the second free end page. 230 pages of text followed by a blank leaf and 36 pages of ads from the publisher and one final blank leaf and the free end sheet. No. 2, was published six weeks after No. 1, on May 30, 1835. Reportedly, only 5,000 copies were printed. The contents are "Irving's fond tribute to the homes of Walter Scott and Lord Byron." (Brian Jay Jones: Washington Irving An American Original.) It was well received by an adoring American public even winning fond praise from Edgar Allan Poe. No. 3 is also a first edition in very good condition with a prior owner's book plate on the front paste down and tape marks on the first free end page and with moderate foxing throughout the preliminaries, ads and end sheets as well as light soiling to the rear board. It contains 276 pages followed by eight pages of ads from the publisher. Per BAL 10144 this copy conforms to "Setting A". Like the previous two volumes, the first printing of this title was limited to 5,000 copies. This is the third and final volume in The Crayon Miscellany. A handsome and complete collection of Irving's Crayon Miscellany. (BAL 10140, 10142 & 10144; Langerfeld/Blackburn p. 33)
    TB25992  $900.00




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