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A View of the Lead Mines of Missouri, 1819  

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A View of the Lead Mines of Missouri; Including Some Observations on the Mineralogy Geology Geography Antiquities Soil Climate Population and Productions of Missouri and Arkansaw and Other Sections of the Western Country

Schoolcraft, Henry R.

New York

Charles Wiley & Co.



299 pp. Illustrated with 3 plates, including frontispiece. (8vo) 24x15 cm (9½x6"), boards.

The first published work of Schoolcraft, notable for his many later works relating to American Indians. His initial training was in geology. In 1817-18 he undertook an expedition to southern Missouri and northern Arkansas to examine the lead mines there, which had been described in print by Moses Austin twenty years earlier. His book is the first detailed description by a trained scientist of the Ozark uplands. At the time of his visit, the area was still effectively beyond the frontier, and he provides a good picture of life there. The frontispiece shows the mining town of Potosi. Wagner-camp 15d:1. Howes S194. Graff 3702. Sabin 77881. Clark II:66.

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Boards detached, spine missing; volume in three separately bound sections with a few detached pages, frontispiece present but detached, foxing and toning to pages, pages uncut and tattered at edges with some small chip and tears; formerly of Yale University Library, with bookplate and a few labels.

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