ELLSWORTH, Henry William (1814-1864). Valley of the Upper Wabash, Indiana, with Hints on its Agricultural Advantages: Plan of a Dwelling, Estimates of Cultivation, and Notices of Labor-Saving Machines. New York: Pratt, Robinson, and Co., 1838.

$ 1,800.00

8vo., (8 x 5 ¼ inches). Fine folding engraved frontispiece map of the United States by Augustus Mitchell with original hand-coloring in outline (short tear near mount, affecting the image); 3 folding lithographed illustrations (slightly toned). Contemporary pink diced cloth, unevenly faded to tan, the spine lettered in gilt (extremities scuffed, small library label to spine).

Provenance: Bookplate of the New Jersey Historical Society to the front pastedown and stamps to title page and verso of rear blank.

First edition. The map bound in to this charming little volume is Samuel Augustus Mitchell’s (1790-1868) “Map of the United States,” which was used in Mitchell’s “Compendium of the Internal Improvements of the United States,” published the same year. It is also illustrated with the rare lithographed plate of Hussey’s Reaping Machine and a plan for a prairie home. “Considerable information on transportation, routes, etc.” (Buck 324). “One of the great prairie immigration pamphlets, very informative from the point of view of the beginning of agriculture on the prairies” (Streeter Sale 1417).