8vo. 419 pp., (2) ff., 8 engraved plates (includes added engraved title); map, backed on rice paper and flat. Bound in contemporary calf, re-backed; extremities a bit worn. Foxed and toned throughout. Generally good overall.
First edition. This book is based on Schoolcraft’s journal of a summer’s journey in upper Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota in two Indian canoes. “The author has interwoven with his narrative a large number of incidents of Indian history, personal experiences among the tribes he visited, and sketches of their principal characteristics, derived from persons living among them” (Field).
Schoolcraft (1793-1864) accompanied Governor Lewis Cass’ 1820 expedition as a geologist. It was largely through the experience of this trip that the young scientist’s interest in native American culture was stimulated, leading to his appointment as agent to the Indians of the Great Lakes region in 1822. Later, through these and other researches among native Americans, he became the leading ethnologist of his era.
Buck 164; Sabin 777,862; Field 1363.