Cleveland: Arthur H. Clark Company [Burrows Brothers Company], 1904. Hard Cover. near Very Good binding. Item #6273
Octavo. 143 pp., maps, facs. First edition, thus, number 139 of 245 copies. As issued, in maroon cloth with large folding map (34" x 42") in pocket at the rear. A bright copy with only light wear; hinges are a bit weak and a split is starting at the front hinge, binding is sound; publisher's announcement pasted inside the front cover. Map shows small closed tears at the intersections of the folds; pocket at rear has a closed tear along the top edge.
This copy belonged to noted collector William F. Gable of Altoona, PA and bears his name on the front free endpaper. Included is a letter from the publisher to Gable and dated 1920 touting Hutchins's work, calling the 18th century editions "absolutely unprocurable." The letter goes on to explain that this "beautifully executed reprint ... has been long out of print and scarce [but] a few copies have recently come into our hands, one of which we take pleasure in submitting to you on approval." Clark has put their publisher's label over Burrows' information on the title page. "Valuable source for the western country during the late British period, written by the first--and only--official geographer of the United States, the originator of our range system of land surveys" Howes H-846 "aa."