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Lot 1008: Morris Birkbeck NOTES ON A JOURNEY IN AMERICA 1817 First American Antique American History Travel & Exploration Colonization Leather Binding
22 October 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: Notes on a Journey in America, from the Coast of Virginia to the Territory of Illinois. With Proposals for the Establishment of a Colony of English.
Author: Morris Birkbeck - Morris Birkbeck (January 23, 1764 – June 4, 1825) was an English agricultural innovator, author/publicist, anti-slavery campaigner and early 19th-century pioneer in southern Illinois, in the United States. With George Flower he founded the English Settlement and the town of Albion, Illinois, and served briefly as the Secretary of State of Illinois. [Information courtesy Wikipedia.]
Publisher: Published by Caleb Richardson
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 189 pages
Width: 4.75" Height: 7.25"
Book Details: This is Birkbeck's controversial work, an important influence in pointing emigrants to the west and establishing America as the land of plenty, triggering a new battlefield for the contest of the image of the United States. To Birkbeck the American west "was a place to escape the dead weight of European history."
Condition / Notes: This is the scarce first edition of this title, published in Philadelphia. The antique volume is bound in full leather with stamped gilt lettering on the spine. There is light external age/wear and internal weakness to the hinges. The text block is solid. The pages show light to moderate age toning and foxing.
This volume has been collated, and is complete.
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