Item #81155 Topographical Description of the State of Ohio, Indiana Territory

Topographical Description of the State of Ohio, Indiana Territory

Item #81155

[CUTLER, Jervis]. Topographical Description of the State of Ohio, Indiana Territory and Louisiana. Comprehending the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, and Their Principal Tributary Streams; the Face of the Country, Soils, Waters, Natural Productions, Animal, Vegetable, and Mineral; Towns, Villages, Settlements and Improvements; and a Concise Account of the Indian Tribes West of the Mississippi. To Which Is Added, an Interesting Journal of Mr. Chas. Le Raye, While a Captive With the Sioux Nation, on the Waters of the Missouri River. By a Late Officer in the U.S. Army. Boston: Charles Williams, 1812. 1st ed. Complete with five plates. 219pp., lacking errata leaf. Period style full calf, raised spine bands, with a morocco spine label. Minor foxing, but overall a very good or better copy. Howes C-984 `b'. Wagner-Camp 10. Field 395. Graff 963. Clark II:14. Ayer 56. Vaughan 82. Shaw & Shoemaker 25204. Despite the title, the better part of this work is devoted to describing the trans-Mississippi West. The most interesting section is Charles Le Raye's journal of his experiences from 1801 to 1803 as a captive of the Sioux, and his travels to the Rockies. There is also an essay on Indian tribes between the Mississippi and the Rocky Mountains, a description of the Red River country, and the descriptions of Ohio and Indiana referred to in the title. The plates include one of the first view of Cincinnati and two interesting illustrations of Flathead Indians. The final page of text contains a table of the estimated number of members of several Indian tribes, as well as the number of warriors in each. "One of the most important of Western narratives, and the earliest authentic relation of captivity among the Sioux." Eberstadt 105:104.

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