BARTRAM, William (1739-1823)
Travels through North & South Carolina, Georgia, East & West Florida, the Cherokee country, the extensive territories of the Muscogulges, or Creek Confederacy, and the 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
Philadelphia: James & Johnson, 1791. 8vo signed in fours. (7 1/4 x 4 5/8 inches). , xxxiv, [2, blank], 522pp. Engraved portrait frontispiece of "Mico Chulcco the Long Warrior" by J. Trenchard after Bartram, 1 folding engraved folding map, 7 engraved plates of natural history specimens (one folding). Usual browning.
Contemporary sheep, expertly rebacked to style. Housed in a leather backed cloth box.
Scarce first edition of "the classic of southern natural history and exploration, with much on the southern Indian tribes. Bartram's account of the remote frontier, of the plantations, trading posts, and Indian villages at the end of the eighteenth century is unrivaled" (Streeter Sale).
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 famous frontispiece portrait of Mico Chlucco is after Bartram and is engraved by James Trenchard, the work also includes a chapter concerning the customs and language of the Muscogulges and Cherokees.
Clark I: 197; Coats The Plant Hunters pp.273-76; Evans 23159; Field 94; Howes B223; Pilling Proof Sheets 301; Sabin 3870; Servies 669; Siebert Sale 594; Stafleu & Cowan 329; Streeter Sale 1088; Vail 849.