MITCHELL, Samuel Augustus (1792-1868). Illinois in 1837; a sketch descriptive of the situation, boundaries, face of the country,..also, Suggestions to Emigrants. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1837 [but 1838].

$ 250.00

Illinois in 1837; A Sketch descriptive of the Situation, Boundaries, Face of the Country, Prominent Districts, Prairies, Rivers, Minerals, Animals, Agricultural Productions, Public Lands, Plans of Internal Improvement, Manufactures, &c. of the State of Illinois: also, Suggestions to Emigrants, Sketches of the Counties, Cities, and Principal Towns in the State: together with a Letter on the Cultivation of the Prairies, By the Hon. H. L. Ellsworth. To which are annexed The Letters from a Rambler in the West. ... Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell. 1837

8vo., (8 4/8 x 5 3/8 inches). 8-page publisher's catalogue at end (spotted). Fine lithographic map "Mitchell's Map of Illinois." printed on blue tissue paper and hand-colored in outline (some browning). Original plum cloth backed green printed paper boards (extremities rubbed).

Provenance: Ownership inscription of George van Vliet on the front cover, and on the recto of the front free endpaper, dated 1838.

First Edition, second issue, with "Animals" spelled correctly on the title-page; the front cover reads: "Illinois In 1837 & 8: With a Map. Containing, also, the Emigrant's Guide to the West". Philadelphia: Grigg & Elliot, 1838".

"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. “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 34260). Howes M689; Graff 2840. Catalogued by Kate Hunter