Lot 46 of 455:
Letters from Illinois, Morris Birkbeck 1818  

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$200 - $300

Title:
Letters from Illinois
Author:
Birkbeck, Morris
Place:
Philadelphia
Publisher:
M. Carey and Son
Date:
1818
Description:

xvii, [1], 126 pp. 2 folding maps by John Melish, 1 with Birkbeck's route in red. (12mo) 15.5x9.4 cm (6¼x3¾"), bound in original tan and blue paper boards, paper spine label, as issued, untrimmed. Second Edition.

 Series of 22 letters written from the then Western frontier of Illinois by English immigrant Morris Birkbeck to friends in England concerning "...subjects interesting to an emigrant." Birkbeck, a Quaker, was already familiar with the nearby Indiana utopian pietist community of Harmony—later re-settled by Robert Owen as New Harmony. "These letters were written to friends and inquirers in England and contain a wealth of information about economic and social conditions in the West" - Buck. HOWES B467. BUCK 105.

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Binding worn, chips at spine, front board separating; large chip to rear free endpaper and smaller chip to rear blank; 3" closed tear from stub to the US map, small stubtear to English prairie map; good.
 
Item number:
307661
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