Knoxville, TN: Printed for the author by Heiskell and Brown, 1823. (6), 504 pp. Bound in full leather. Overall good condition. Front cover and front matter page are separated from spine. Covers with wear, scuffs, areas of flaking and loss, largest 2 1/4". Pages with ink and pencil inscriptions, foxing spots, areas of dampstaining, tears, areas of loss, largest 3 1/2" x 2 1/2", to be expected from age.
Haywood (1762-1826), early Tennessee's pre-eminent legal scholar and historian, was a native of North Carolina, compiling several volumes of judicial reports and other legal writings there, before moving to Tennessee in 1807; "[Civil and Political History and Natural and Aboriginal History] have always been deemed high authority. Haywood was the pioneer in this field in the Southwest" (DAB).
Howes H-358 ("b"). Sabin 31084 (incorrectly calling for a map): "This work, only less rare than [Haywood's Natural and Aboriginal History], contains a large portion of material relating to the border warfare with the Indians, narrated in that work. The speculative and antiquarian portions and descriptions of mounds are omitted, but the story of Indian conflicts and massacres is narrated with greater detail and minuteness, filling much the larger portion of the work. The story of the formation of the State of Franklin, and the civil war which ensued, is a chapter of American history but little known, and scarcely exceeded in interest by any other." American Imprints 12799. Streeter sale 1658. Siebert sale 372. Allen Tennessee Imprints 561. Allen Some Tennessee Rarities 25: "One of the earliest and most significant historical works on Tennessee." Horn Twenty Tennessee Books 5: "[Haywood] was writing only a few year after the actual occurrence of the events discussed and still had the advantages to be derived from personal contacts with actual participants." McMurtrie Early Printing in Tennessee 205.
Not Ex-Lib. Item #3