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GAZETTEER OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI. WITH A MAP OF THE STATE, FROM THE OFFICE OF THE SURVEYOR GENERAL, INCLUDING THE LATEST ADDITIONS AND SURVEYES, TO WHICH IS ADDED AN APPENDIX CONTAINING FRONTIER SKETCHES AND ILLUSTRATIONS OF INDIAN CHARACTER
St. Louis: C. Keemle, 1837. FIRST EDITION. This compendium of information designed to encourage settlers to come to Missouri was assembled by soldier, trapper, explorer, and publisher Alphonso Wetmore (1793-1849), who enlisted prominent men from each county in the state to contribute information about the amenities of their region. Here, specific descriptions of the various counties follows a general overview of the state. There is a Catalogue of Minerals, a list of roads and distances, and information about postal facilities. An appendix contains seven entertaining stories of life on the frontier, probably written by Wetmore, including a famous account of a futile attempt to save an Indian captive from being sacrificed. At the end of the book one finds the Constitution of the State of Missouri. Although largely forgotten today, Wetmore was one of the first writer to produce stories of the American West, and his humorous tales may be seen as forerunners of Twain.. 224 x 140 mm. (8 3/4 x 5 1/2"). xvi, 382 pp. FIRST EDITION. Publisher's purple cloth, printed paper label on the spine (neat repair to head of spine). In a modern brown morocco-backed clamshell box. Engraved frontispiece, fine folding engraved map dated February 1837. Upper cover with neatly inked name of former owner Otis Pankhurst. Graff 4615; Howes H-296; Sabin 103064; Streeter 1802; Wagner-Camp 69. Corners a little bumped, extremities a bit rubbed, spine sunned to a light tan, paper spine label chipped, occasional minor foxing, otherwise an excellent copy, clean and fresh, the fragile map very well preserved. This compendium of information designed to encourage settlers to come to Missouri was assembled by soldier, trapper, explorer, and publisher Alphonso Wetmore (1793-1849), who enlisted prominent men from each county in the state to contribute information about the amenities of their region. Here, specific descriptions of the various counties follows a general overview of the state. There is a Catalogue of Minerals, a list of roads and distances, and information about postal facilities. An appendix contains seven entertaining stories of life on the frontier, probably written by Wetmore, including a famous account of a futile attempt to save an Indian captive from being sacrificed. At the end of the book one finds the Constitution of the State of Missouri. Although largely forgotten today, Wetmore was one of the first writer to produce stories of the American West, and his humorous tales may be seen as forerunners of Twain.
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