CLARK, Daniel (c. 1766- 1813). Proofs of the Corruption of Gen. James Wilkinson, and of his Connexion with Aaron Burr… Philadelphia: Wm. Hall, Jun. & Geo. W. Pierie, 1809.

$ 3,800.00

8vo., (8 7/8 x 5 ¼ inches). (Lightly and evenly toned throughout). Contemporary half tan calf, marbled boards, the spine in six compartments with five raised bands, black morocco gilt lettering piece in one and decorated in the rest (extremities a bit worn).

First edition. This contemporary account is one of the best-documented works on Burr’s plot to seize Texas and other Spanish territory west of the Mississippi. It is an indispensable volume, filled with many primary documents, including material relating to Texas. In it, Clark strives to show that Wilkinson was in the pay of Spain and an accomplice of Burr in the treason. According to A. P. Whitaker, it is “a remarkably accurate account of Wilkinson’s dealing with the Spaniards. All that the book lacks is…the proofs. These were in the Spanish archives, and have since been found there.” Clark came to New Orleans in 1786, where he achieved prominence and became connected with Gen. Wilkinson, but later broke with him. “Gives much evidence of the General’s treachery” (Streeter Sale III: 1694). Howes C431 ("aa"); Sabin 13265.