[MITCHELL, Samuel Augustus (1790-1868)]. Illinois in 1837; A Sketch Descriptive of the Situation, Boundaries, Face of the Country, Prominent Districts... of the State. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell and Grigg & Elliot, 1837.

$ 290.00

8vo., (8 7/8 x 5 ½ inches). Publisher's Advertisement (a bit spotted throughout). Fine folding "Map of Illinois" by S. Augustus Mitchell engraved in blue ink and hand-colored in outline (professionally repaired tear along fold). Original brown muslin-cloth backed drab printed paper boards (front board detached, one or two stains, a bit browned).

Provenance: Contemporary manuscript ownership inscription of ?S. B. Bradly to recto of front free endpaper, dated Oct. 7, 1843.

First edition, second issue with "Animals" spelled correctly on the title page. The map by S. Augustus Mitchell (1790-1868) is crisp and bright. “The publisher is probably the author. It was got up mainly to promote the sale of Illinois Lands then owned by John Grigg of Philadelphia” (Sabin). “No state in the Western Country has attracted more attention and elicited so many inquiries from those who desire to avail themselves of the advantages of a settlement in a new and rising country, as that of Illinois; and none is filling up so rapidly with an industrious and intelligent population, from every part of our extensive country.” Howes M689; Graff 2840.

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