Letters from the Alleghany Mountains. Charles Lanman.

Letters from the Alleghany Mountains.

New York: Geo. P. Putnam, 155 Broadway, 1849.

First edition. 198 pp., + publisher's inserted catalogue (defective, only the first leaf present, 2 [of 16] pp.). 1 vols. 8vo. Original dark green cloth, boards tooled in blind, spine titled in gilt. Hinges tender. Text complete. Final 7 leaves of inserted catalogue removed, pencil notes on lower pastedown, otherwise a very good copy Howes L89; Henderson, p.113; Phillips, p.217; Smith III, 343; Bruns L35. Item #240521

In a series of twenty-one letters, Lanman describes a three months' trip through the Alleghany Mountains during the spring and early summer of 1848, with observations on the geology, wildlife, scenery and climate of the Western slope of the mountains. "Although most of the book is devoted to the natural beauty and Indian lore associated with such spots as Tallulah Falls, Trail Mountain, Smoky Mountain, the French Broad, Black Mountain, and the Valley of Virginia, Lanman in a short chapter makes a few general but pertinent comments on the lives and economy of the mountain people" (Smith). Lanman also met and befriended Will Thomas, who would lead a regiment of Cherokee soldiers in the Civil War. An important and fascinating account of the Southern Appalachians prior to the Civil War.

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