The Traveller; or, Meditations on Various Subjects. Written on Board a Man of War, to which is Added, Converse with the World Unseen.

Pittsburgh: Published by R. Patterson & Lambdin, 1818. First Pittsburgh edition and a later American edition of this 18th century account of a Scottish surgeon's meditations aboard a British man of war. 12mo, contemporary tree calf, red leather label, gilt rules and lettering, 254, [8] pages. Small flaw in one leaf, with loss of several letters. Some chipping and cracking at the head of the spine, with some wear to the label and corners; foxing; a very good copy. Item #10017

This appears to be an early publication from the combined efforts of Patterson and Lambdin (the partnership dissolved in bankruptcy in 1823); Patterson had been publishing in Pittsburgh since 1810, Lambdin since 1817. After joining forces in 1818, they appear to have sunk considerable energy into reprinting Meikle, publishing separately that year five of his titles as well as a four volume edition of his works. In any event, Patterson's publishing house is perhaps best remembered today for what it did not publish--a manuscript by Solomon Spalding which later critics charged had been plundered as a source for the Book of Mormon. American Imprints 44789.

Price: $50.00