Philadelphia: Carey, Lea and Blanchard, 1835. First edition. Binding extremities slightly rubbed. Cloth lightly soiled, minor toning to spines. Front hinge of Vol. 2 slightly cracked. Very minor foxing and intermittent dark staining. Small rubber stamp to lower margins of a few leaves in Vol. I. A very good, tight set. Publisher’s green cloth with gilt spine. Two volumes, octavo. 4, pp. 9-272; 296 pp. Item #16378
John Treat Irving, Jr. (1812-1906) was the nephew of Washington Irving. The present work is the result of the author having joined commissioner Henry Ellsworth on a government expedition, the purpose of which was to sign a peace treaty with the Otoe and Pawnee Indians. Sketches contains many of Irving’s detailed observations while traveling from St. Louis to Fort Leavenworth, including the Indian country, crossing the Kansas River, the Sac Indians, the habits and lifestyles of the Native Americans encountered, hunting deer and elk, and many others.
Howes, I79; Sabin 35116.