Extraordinarily Rare

25 [Map] Babbitt, E.L. The Allegheny Pilot; Containing a Complete Chart of the Allegheny River, Showing the Islands and Bars and Low Water Channel from Warren to Pittsburgh, With Directions for Navigating the same with Rafts. Flat-Boats, Etc., And Intended for the Benefit of
Rivermen Generally… Also a Table of Distances for All the Principal Western Navigable Rivers. Freeport, Pa.: E.L. Babbitt, Publisher and Printer, 1855. 8vo, original tan
printed wrappers, 64 pp., 14 ads; 16 lithographed plates with charts of the Allegheny River. Minor staining to wrappers, but overall a very nice copy.

First and only edition. Howes B5. OCLC locates only two (Clements & Wisconsin Historical). Wessen in Midland Book Notes 58:11: “From the standpoint of rarity it ranks with the very early pamphlet editions of Cramer’s Navigators, while its fine lithographed charts are superior to those published in any navigator.” Not in Streeter Sale. No copies at auction, nor any for sale online. Themaps show an incredible amount of detail for a section of the river that runs from Warren (near the NY state line) south to Pittsburgh – just over 100 miles. The commentaries for each chart include extensive historical and navigation notes, while the charts show settlements, houses, and river features.

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