Nashville, (TN): Printed by George Wilson, 1823. 8vo. viii, 390, liv pp. half-title; errata leaf. Contemporary calf (rubbed), leather spine label; front and rear blank endpapers partly torn away; some age toning to text, but a solid copy, as good as we have seen. Item #48410
First edition. Howes H-359 ("b"): "Of great value on the pre-Caucasian period, its people, and antiquities." Sabin 31085: "A volume of much rarity. The author has brought together a large number of curious facts, relating to the origin and character of the natives of his State, prior to the settlement by the whites. He does not favor the hypothesis of great antiquity in the Indian nations of America, but describes with great care the relics of the race which once inhabited this territory." American Imprints 12800. Streeter sale 1659. Siebert sale 371: "[Haywood] demonstratyes particular insight into the history and culture of the Natchez, Cherokees, and Chickasaws." Allen Tennessee Imprints 562. Allen Some Tennessee Rarities 26: "One of the rarest Southern histories." Horn Twenty Tennessee Books 4: "Generally regarded as the scarcest, most desirable, and most valuable of all Tennessee books. What [Haywood] wrote was based largely on his own observations and on what he was able to learn from personal interviews with old inhabitants … justly regarded as the foundation work in Tennessee history." McMurtrie Early Printing in Tennessee 204.
RARE. Although fairly widely held in institutional conditions, this book appears on the market infrequently; the Streeter and Siebert copies are the only ones to appear at auction in the past thirty years (ABPC, 1976-2005).