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BELTRAMI, Giacomo Costantino (1779--1855)
A pilgrimage in Europe and America, leading to the discovery of the sources of the Mississippi and Bloody River; with a description of the whole course of the former, and of the Ohio. By J. C. Beltrami, ... In two volumes. ...
London: printed for Hunt and Clarke, 1828.
2 vols ; 21.2 cm. (8º)
I: lxxvi, 218, [2], 219--220, [2], 221--472 p., litho. frontis. port., [2] fold. plans.
II: [2], 545, [3] p., [1] fold. map, [3] pl.

Beltrami was a magistrate in Napoleonic Italy who fell out of favour after 1815. During his voluntary exile he travelled widely in Europe and North America, exploring the territory of Minnesota and locating a route to the source of the Mississippi River in 1823. A Pilgrimage was published while Beltrami was living in London between 1826 and 1829. His accounts of his travels were not well received and were never published in his native Italy. The two volumes are English translations with some new content of works published originally in French: Deux Mots sur les promenades de Paris à Liverpool, Philadelphia, 1823; and La decouverte des sources du Mississippi et de la riviere Sanglante, New Orleans, 1824. The frontispiece is a lithograph by J.W. Giles after James Stephanoff, printed by C.J. Hullmandel; the other plates are a mix of engravings and etchings by T. Bradley. Errata slip inserted in vol. I between p. lxxvi and p. 1.

Copy Notes Bought from R.J. Kennett for £1 11s. 6d. discounted by 3s. to £1 8s. 6d. on 21 February 1828. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.6.17)

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, green morocco spine-labels. Bound by Edwin Hutchinson for 3s. 4d., 19 June 1830. (Spiers Box Binding 51).

Reference Number 294


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