The Navigator Containing Directions for Navigating the Monongahela, Allegheny, Ohio, and Mississippi Rivers; with an Ample Account of These Much Admired Waters, from the Head of the Former to the Mouth of the Latter; And A Concise Description of Their Towns, Villages, Harbours, Settlements, &c. With Accurate Maps of the Ohio and Mississippi. To which is added, an Appendix, containing an Account of Louisiana, and of The Missouri and Columbia Rivers, as Discovered by the Voyage under Captains Lewis and Clarke.
Pittsburgh: Cramer & Spear, 1818. 12mo. (7 x 4 inches). [i-]iv, [5-]304pp. 28 full-page woodcut maps.
Contemporary three-quarter calf and marbled boards, spine ruled in gilt. Boards rubbed and quite worn around the edges, two minor instances of paper loss on front board.
The first navigational guide to the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, with Lewis and Clark material appended.
This vitally important work in helping to develop the commerce of the early United States, containing woodcut maps of the length of the aforementioned rivers as well as an early plan of Pittsburgh, was the "most widely used guide to western waters in the early period both before and after the application of steam in 1807" (Howes). This edition is styled on the title as the tenth. Also of interest is the appearance in this later edition of an account of Louisiana & the Missouri & Columbia rivers as discovered by Lewis & Clark. The Lewis and Clark material (see pages 290-295) is derived from Patrick Gass's journal, which was also printed by Cramer in Pittsburgh.
Howes C855; Sabin 17386.