Sale 610 Lot 27

* STODDARD, Amos, Major (1762-1813). Sketches, Historical and Descriptive, of Louisiana. Philadelphia: Mathew Carey, 1812.

8vo (230 x 140 mm). (Slight browning or spotting as usual.) ORIGNAL CLOTH-BACKED BOARDS, manuscript title and shelfmark lettered on spine (some light wear, small loss to head of spine). FIRST EDITION. Major Stoddard was the first civil and military commandant of Upper Louisiana, and his work contains "some of the earliest detailed geographical information to be published on Upper Louisiana" (Wagner-Camp). He describes the extant boundaries of Louisiana (at the time, the western boundary had not yet been estabilshed), as well as the rivers of the region, including the Arkansas River, the Red River, and Rio Bravo; he also includes information about the fur trade, lead mines, and "Salt Mountain." Graff 3994; Howes S-1021; Sabin 91928; Wagner-Camp 10C.

Estimate $300-500

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