Sale 610 Lot 1
* [BAIRD, Robert. (1798-1863)]. A View of the Valley of the Mississippi. Philadelphia: H. S. Tanner, 1834.
12mo (183 x 110 mm). Engraved frontispiece hand-colored in outline, 14 engraved maps and plans, 11 folding. (A few short tears to folds of some maps and plans, occasional spotting, staining or browning as usual.) Original cloth, printed paper label to spine (rubbed, lower cover detached, upper joint starting, spine with old glue repairs, some light chipping to spine). Second edition, based largely on Peck's Guide for Emigrants, published in Boston in 1831, including chapters on Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Missouri, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida, and also including a history of steam-boating in the West. Sabin first attributed the work to Robert Bache. See Eberstadt 114:82; see Graff 141; Howes B-45; Sabin 99586 (see Sabin 2594).
Provenance: E.H. Horton (early signature on title-page); J. Furness Bower (early signature on last leaf); Historical Society of Pennsylvania (H.S.P. duplicate stamp on pastedown).