Cincinnati: Printed by J. W. Browne and Co., 1813. First Cincinnati edition. Original full calf, leather spine label, gilt lettering, 7.13 x 4.38 inches, vi, 282 pages. Light damp-stain to the lower half of much of the text block, with some spotting to the title page and front pastedown; free endpapers excised; some light wear and rubbing; a good copy of an early Ohio book in its original binding. Item #19977
The earliest Midwestern edition of the book that was a fixture in the households of the Old Northwest, the story about a man that left his family (it didn’t say why). Per Sutton’s Western Book Trade (Columbus, O., 1961), Browne was a pioneer bookseller in the Queen City, when “by 1810 stocks of books were regularly offered for sale by Carpenter and Findlay, publishers of the Western Spy, and by John W. Browne and Company, who had opened a bookstore next door to their Liberty Hall printing office.” Early pencil ownership signature at the head of the title page. American Imprints 28044; Ohio Imprints Survery 174; Morgan, Ohio Imprints, 800.