New-York: Published by Harper & Brothers, 1835. First edition. 2 vols, 12mo (7.75 x 4.75 inches), original textured green cloth, gilt lettering, [iv], 337; [iv], 356 pages. Cloth a bit worn and bumped and a bit skewed, spines a bit sunned, with some trifling fraying along one joint; some light general foxing; a good to very good copy. Item #20441
“The population of Michigan generally,—as I believe I have before observed,—is much superior to the ordinary settlers of a new country.” Travels through Michigan Territory (and other portions of the region), Hoffman’s first book and an important title of Midwestern Americana. BAL 8251; Howes H568; Buck 274: “Hoffman spent most of the first three months of 1834 in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, visiting Chicago, Galena, and Peoria. Then he went to St. Louis through Springfield, Jacksonville, and Alton; and later down the Mississippi and up the Ohio. His letters are detailed and valuable.” Field 706: “The numerous incidents of personal intercourse with Indians of various western tribes, the interesting details which the author’s ardent curiosity regarding them drew from persons familiar with their life and habits, and the voluminous notes appended to these volumes, extracted from works not easily accessible, entitle them to a high rank in aboriginal literature.”.