BEATTY, Charles (1715?-1772)
Tagebuch einer zween monatlichen Reise: welche in der Absicht die Religion bey den Grenzeinvohnern von Pensilvanien zu befördern, und das Christenthum bey den Indianern
Frankfurt and Leipzig: J. G. Fleischers Buchhandlung, 1771. 8vo. (7 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches). 157pp. Uncut.
Contemporary paper boards, early paper label on spine titled in manuscript
Provenance: 18th century German armorial bookplate
Rare edition of Beatty's journal of his travels among the Delaware Indians: "the first account of Indian towns in southeast Ohio" (Howes).
The author was an Irish-born Presbyterian missionary who preached widely in both America and Europe. Beatty was sent to the American frontier in 1766 to report on the condition of the Indian tribes. "The tour of this zealous and intelligent observer to the Indian towns in Pennsylvania and Ohio, lying far beyond the frontiers, was made at a period of great interest in their history. The warriors of the Delaware and Shawnese had ravaged them with the tomahawk and firebrand for twenty years, and the Journal of the missionary is filled with notes of their awful massacres. It is very full and minute in its details of interviews with Indian chiefs, and the various phases of aboriginal life which attracted his attention" (Field). This German edition, i.e. the second edition overall following the 1768 first edition published in London, was unknown to Thomson or Field. We find no record of this edition appearing at auction in the last quarter century.
Howes B28; Vail 608; Sabin 4150; Field 102 (London edition); Pilling, Proof Sheets 324 (London edition).