First edition, inscribed presentation copy of Biological Sketches of General Nathaniel Massie, General Duncan McArthur, Captain William Wells and General Simon Kenton by John McDonald. Octavo, 267pp. Gilt title on spine. Rebound in contemporary black cloth with new end papers. Staining throughout. Last leaf (pg. 267) has been repaired. (Howes M-83) (Sabin 43160) (Eberstadt 107:242) Signed by the author with the inscription: “Presented to his grandson James McDonald by the author.” A scarce copy, with no record of other signed copies appearing on the market.
Comments: An important work on the early history of the Ohio Territory. The author had personal communication with the families and neighbors of these Indian fighters, and has secured many details of their exploits among the savages.