Narrative of an Expedition Through the Upper Mississippi to Itasca Lake, the Actual Source of this River; Embracing an Exploratory Trip Through the St. Croix and Burntwood (or Broule) Rivers; in 1832. Henry R. SCHOOLCRAFT.
Narrative of an Expedition Through the Upper Mississippi to Itasca Lake, the Actual Source of this River; Embracing an Exploratory Trip Through the St. Croix and Burntwood (or Broule) Rivers; in 1832

Narrative of an Expedition Through the Upper Mississippi to Itasca Lake, the Actual Source of this River; Embracing an Exploratory Trip Through the St. Croix and Burntwood (or Broule) Rivers; in 1832

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1834. 23.5x15cm: (2), 307, (1) pp. First Edition. Original brown publisher's cloth, retaining the paper spine label. Boards spotted and soiled with a bit of discoloration along rear joint. Moderate foxing internally. Spine cracked at a few gatherings, but an overall tight copy. Maps generally clean and untorn. Originally issued with five maps, two of which are folding. This volume is missing the first of the folding maps titled ‘Sketch of the Sources of the Mississippi River’. An Ex Library copy from The Detroit News Library, containing the typical stamps and markings along with a The Detroit News bookplate affixed to front pastedown. The bookplate partially covers a presentation inscription from the Baltimore Institute dated 1837. Very Good.

According to Field, “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 aborigines. Pages 169 to 210 of the Appendix, are devoted to an analysis and vocabulary of the Chippewa language. The remainder of the volume is filled with the official reports of the author, to the government, on the number, disposition, and characteristics of the Indian tribes he visited, and with biographical sketches of their principal chiefs.”

Field 1367; Sabin 77863; Graff 3698.

Price: $350.00

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