First edition of Daniel Drake’s Picture of Cincinnati with early maps of the Cincinnati region, published in 1815.
Octavo, ix, 251pp, [4 index]. Publisher’s original illustrated boards with title and chapter descriptions, rebacked spine, title on spine over red morocco label. Uncut edges, minimal foxing and toning.
Complete with two fold-out maps of Cincinnati and the Miami Country, both fine. (Sabin, 20822) (Howes D465) (Thomson Ohio, 101)
An interesting first edition piece, which details the history of the Cincinnati area. It is the first study of the geology of the western Ohio Valley, with special attention given to “elephant fossils” at Big Bone Lick (later discovered to be Mammoths). It also details Indian mounds within Cincinnati proper. An important book on the early Ohio country and Cincinnati in particular.
Full title: Natural and statistical view, or picture of Cincinnati and the Miami Country – Illustrated by maps. With an Appendix, containing observations on the late earthquakes, the Aurora Borealis, and the south-west wind.