[BAIRD, Robert (1798-1863)]. View of the Valley of the Mississippi, or the Emigrant’s and Traveller’s Guide to the West. Philadelphia: H. S. Tanner, 1834.

$ 900.00

8vo., (7 3/8 x 4 ½ inches). (Occasional browning and spotting throughout). Fine folding engraved frontispiece map with original hand color in full, 11 folding maps, and 3 full-page maps (somewhat toned). Original publisher’s plum cloth, printed paper label on spine (unevenly faded to tan, spine worn with loss)

Second edition, originally published in 1832. This edition is updated and revised: “The book will be found to be every way improved, especially in those portions of it which concern emigrants and travelers.” The maps include: [the eastern part of the] “United States,” “Pennsylvania and New Jersey,” “Pittsburgh,” “Virginia Maryland and Delaware,” “Ohio and Indiana,” “Cincinnati,” “Michigan,” “Kentucky and Tennessee,” “Louisville,” “Illinois and Missouri,” “Louisiana and Mississippi,” “Environs of Mobile / Environs of Pensacola / New Orleans,” “Georgia and Alabama,” and “New York.” Rinderknecht and Bruntjen attribute authorship to Robert Baird, but Sabin attributes it to Richard Bache. Introduction and introductory note, both signed “R.B.” Text is based “in large measure on Peck’s ‘Guide for Emigrants...’ Boston, 1831, although there are some passages developed from personal observation” (Graff). Clark, Old South 3:10; Graff 141; Howes B45; Sabin 2594 (“Richard Bache”).

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