Cincinnati: Robert Clarke & Co., 1873. First Edition. Cloth. 8vo. Publisher’s cloth, author and title in gilt on spine. Title in red and black. Frontispiece portrait of Gen. William Irvine.
Binder's copy. Both boards plus first few leaves (including frontispiece, title and preface) all detached. Minor foxing to endpapers. Interior excellent.
This is a first edition of historian C.W. Butterfield's detailed account of the Crawford expedition, a notorious American campaign near the end of the American Revolution. U.S. Col. Crawford embarked on a campaign to massacre indigenous settlements loyal to the British along the Sandusky River, but was captured along with most of his men, tortured, and burned at the stake. Crawford's execution remained a rallying cry for anti-indigenous sentiment for over a century. (Howes B1062). Fair. Item #1647