Remarks Made on a Tour to Prairie du Chien; Thence to Washington City, in 1829. Midwest Americana, Caleb Atwater, Native American Languages.
Remarks Made on a Tour to Prairie du Chien; Thence to Washington City, in 1829.

Remarks Made on a Tour to Prairie du Chien; Thence to Washington City, in 1829.

Columbus, (O.): Printed by Jenkins and Glover, High-Street, 1831. First edition. 12mo, contemporary grained calf spine, marbled sides, vii, [1], 296 pages. Fragile spine rubbed and a bit torn in places, with the upper joint just tender; edges rubbed; some light toning and dust-soiling; a good, sound copy in a contemporary binding. Item #19606

This issue without the extended attribution on the title, "Late Commissioner Employed by the United States to Negotiate with the Indians of the Upper Mississippi, for the Purchase of Mineral Country; and Author of Western Antiquities," likely earlier than the Isaac Whiting imprint also dated 1831. (Thomson notes that the slightly expanded title with the Whiting imprint in found in some copies pasted into the Jenkins and Glover sheets.) See Morgan, Ohio Imprints, 79 for the Whiting issue. (This issue seemingly not noted in Morgan.) Buck 213; Howes A379; Field 54: "Some very curious particulars relating to Customs of the Winnebagoes are related by Atwater. Although nothing indicating the mission of Atwater appears on the title, yet the real object of his tour was to procure as Commissioner of the government, a cession of the title of the Winnebago, Pottawatomie, Chippewa, and Ottawa Indians, in the rich mineral lands, now forming the State of Wisconsin and part of Illinois. Much the greater part of the work is devoted therefore to a narration of the peculiarities of those tribes which he visited, biography of some of their chiefs, Indian poetry, specimens of their language, and incidents of his associations with them. On pages 149 to 172 the author has given 'Rudiments of the Grammar of the Sioux Language,' all of which is omitted in the edition of 1833. On pp. 75 to 84 he offers an analysis of the Winnebago dialect, as amplifying some theories regarding the origin of the Chippewa tribes." Front fly leaf detached.

Price: $950.00