Oct 27 at 01:00 PM - Sale 2549 -

Sale 2549 - Lot 219

Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 12,000
Pittman, Philip (fl. circa 1765)
The Present State of the European Settlements on the Missisippi [sic] with a Geographical Description of that River.

London: Printed for J. Nourse, 1770.

First edition, atlas volume, large quarto, half-title present, [A]4, B-N4, O2 (O1 and O2 bound out of order), illustrated with seven (of eight) maps by Thomas Kitchin (lacking the map of the middle section of the Mississippi River, numbered 2); one map full page, all others folding or double page; an untrimmed copy, with wide margins, deckle edges throughout, bound in later half leather, contents generally fresh with good type impressions, 11 3/4 x 8 3/4 in.

Vail 602; Clark 2:53; Streeter sale 3:1519; Graff 3302; Howes P396; Sabin 63103; Buck, Illinois 6; Servies 485; ESTC T105647; http://estc.bl.uk/T105647.

"The European settlements on the river Mississippi comprehend Louisiana, part of West Florida, and the country of the Illinois. Five years residence as an engineer in those countries, during which time I was chiefly employed in surveying and exploring their interior parts, and an acquaintence with the principal inhabitants enables me to speak with at least as much authority as any author who has hiterto wrote on the same subject. " (Quoted from the Preface of the present work.)