BARTRAM, William (1739-1823)
Travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East & West Florida, the Cherokee country, the extensive territories of the Muscogulges, or Creek confederacy, and country of the Chactaws [sic.]. containing an account of the soil and natural productions of those regions; together with observations on the manners of the Indians
London: re-printed for J. Johnson, 1792. 8vo. (8 1/8 x 5 inches). Engraved frontispiece portrait of Mico Chlucco, engraved folding map, 7 engraved natural history plates (one folding).
Expertly bound to style full period tree calf, flat spine ruled in gilt, red morocco lettering piece
The first English edition of Bartram's classic account of southern natural history, exploration and Indian tribes.
For the period, Bartram's work is unrivalled. In this first-hand account of his travels in the Southern States in the years 1773-1778, Bartram writes "with all the enthusiasm and interest with which the fervent old Spanish friars and missionaries narrated the wonders of the new found world...he neglected nothing which would add to the common stock of human knowledge" (Field). Sabin considered this work to be "unequalled for the vivid picturesqueness of its descriptions of nature, scenery, and productions." The map illustrates the east coast of Florida from the St. Johns River to Cape Canaveral. This edition is preceded only by the Philadelphia edition of 1791.
Clark I:197; Coats The Plant Hunters pp.273-76; Field 94; Howes b223, "b"; Sabin 3870; Stafleu & Cowan 329.1a; Vail 849.