NY: D. Appleton, 1855. 8vo. 587 pp. Portrait, map; publisher's 4-page catalogue. Original red cloth, gilt, with elaborate gilt ornamentation on the spine and sides, gilt title "Georgians" on the spine, a.e.g. (rebacked with the original spine laid down and new endpapers, corners bumped). Good copy in the publisher's deluxe cloth binding. Item #49148
First edition, in a presentation binding gilt-stamped "Joseph H. Lumpkin" at the base of the spine. Gilmer (1790-1859) served two terms as Governor of Georgia, 1829-1831 when two important United States Supreme Court decisions, Cherokee Nation vs. Georgia and Worcester vs. Georgia, were decided, and 1837-1839 when the tragic Trail of Tears took place. Lumpkin (1797-1867) was the first Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court.
Howes G-186. Sabin 27440. Eberstadt 115, 449: "A source book of the first importance." Harwell Georgiana 42: "Known affectionately by scores of delighted readers as 'Gilmer's Georgians,' this book recreates with humor, compassion, joy, and prejudice those days when the territory northwest of Atlanta was still frontier. These intimate glances at the early settlers, former Virginians and Carolinians, of course, as no self-respecting Savannahan would ever venture north of the Chatham County line, gave entertainment to general readers and still fill in numerous blank lines on charts for genealogists." De Renne Catalogue III, p. 571.