New York: Geo. P. Putnam, 155 Broadway, 1849.
First edition. 198 pp., + publisher's inserted catalogue (1-8 and 15-31 pp.). 1 vols. 8vo. Original dark green cloth, boards tooled in blind, spine titled in gilt. Spine slightly sunned. Bookplates of Joseph Y. Jeanes and Edward Sands Litchfield on front pastedown. Stamped on ffep "Sold by J.T. Heald 125 Market St. Wilmington. Del." Howes L89; Henderson, p.113; Phillips, p.217; Smith III, 343; Bruns L35. Item #318523
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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