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THE ANNUAL REGISTER OF INDIAN AFFAIRS WITHIN THE INDIAN (OR WESTERN) TERRITORY [Nos. 1-4]
Shawanoe Mission, Ks. & Washington, D.C.: J. Meeker (first two), J.G. Pratt (third) and Peter Force (fourth), 1835-1838.. Together four items. 48; 88; 81; 96pp. Antique-style three-quarter diced calf and marbled boards, spine gilt extra. Wrappers of first number bound in at front. Faint dampstain in lower margin of final eight leaves of first number. Occasional light foxing and tanning, a near fine set. A very rare complete set of all four numbers of Isaac McCoy's ANNUAL REGISTER..., which contain a wealth of information concerning western Indian tribes. The first number stands as the first English language book printed in present-day Kansas, printed (as was the second number) on the Jotham Meeker press, the first established in Kansas. The third number includes a chart listing the number of Indians in each tribe, both east and west of the Mississippi, as well as "A Plea for the Aborigines of North America" continued from the second number. The fourth number was issued in Washington from the press of Peter Force. The first number in this collection contains the original wrappers, on which is printed a prospectus, issued in Isaac McCoy's name, "for publishing, on the Kauzau River, within the Indian Territory, west of the state of Missouri, and three hundred miles west of St. Louis, a semi-monthly periodical, to be entitled THE INDIAN ADVOCATE." The paper would "furnish correct historical sketches of the past, and information respecting their present condition, and their future prospects, together with the earliest notices of important events which shall transpire within the Indian country, and of the transactions of Government and benevolent societies, among the Indians...." This periodical was never issued, for want of financial support. McMurtrie and Allen, in their study of Jotham Meeker's press, assign this wrapper/prospectus a separate item number: 11. This first number also contains the contemporary ownership signature of Rev. Daniel Sharp of Boston on the front wrapper. Sharp (1783-1853) was pastor of the Charles Street Baptist Church for more than forty years. McCoy first visited the Prairies in 1828, with follow-up tours during the next three years. In 1831 he settled at the Shawanoe Mission, which had been founded by his son- in-law earlier that year. During the following years McCoy travelled widely in the western country. In 1835 he had Jotham Meeker, who had established a press at the Mission a year earlier, print the initial number of THE ANNUAL REGISTER.... McCoy's ANNUAL REGISTERs are full of information regarding the Indian emigrant's introduction into the new country, and provide details concerning many tribes (e.g. Pawnee, Otoe, Omaha, Cherokee, Delaware, Kickapoo, Osage, Kansas, etc.). Also included are descriptions of the military posts within the Indian Territory, conditions of various tribes, etc. Complete sets of the four numbers are rarely met with. The Streeter set lacked the first number, and Dr. Frank Siebert was never able to find the elusive third number, despite many years of search. "Issues of this periodical are very rare" - Gilcrease. SABIN 43111. HOWES M67, "aa." FIELD 983. GRAFF 2586, 2588 (lacking No. 1). STREETER SALE 544 (nos. 2, 3, 4 only). McMURTRIE & ALLEN (Meeker) 22, 41, 58. GILCREASE, pp.205-6 (no. 1 imperfect; lacking no. 4).
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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