Norwich: Published by the author, 1810. First Edition. Leather bound. 8vo. Contemporary calf. Large folding woodcut frontispiece with bits of hand-coloring plus second folding plate, also with hand-coloring. 184 pp.
Edges scuffed. Front board detached, along with front free endpaper and frontispiece. Signatures of previous owners (dating to 1812) on front free endpaper. Some chipping to edges. Foxing throughout.
This is a first edition of Trumbull's popular (and infamously inaccurate) history of the American pioneers and their encounters with indigenous people. This first edition was published anonymously, whereas later printings bear the author's name. Howes was not a fan, calling the book "a well-nigh worthless production of a seventeen-year old lad which enjoyed wide favor by an uncritical public." Nonetheless worthwhile as a historical artifact of antiquated racial views, and a very handsome volume with hand-colored woodcuts. (Howes T370; Field 1570; Sabin 97196). Fair. Item #1608