Publication: Arthur H Clark Co, 1902-1915, Cleveland
First editions. 16 volumes. Original cloth with titles in gilt on spine. Top edge gilt. A comprehensive survey of the nation's "highways of war, commerce, and social expansion" that traces the relationship between transportation routes and the national needs they served, whether temporary or permanent. As the prospectus explains, "a thorough understanding of our history is impossible without a knowledge of these routes of trade and war and the strategic points they covered and connected." Among the topics covered are Native American thoroughfares, Washington's Road, Braddock's Road, Boone's Wilderness Road, portage paths, military roads of the Mississippi Basin, waterways of westward expansion, the Cumberland Road, pioneer roads, and important canals. Volume I. Paths of the Mound-Building Indians and Great Game Animals, 140pp. Volume II. Indian Thoroughfares, 152pp. Volume III. Washington's Road (Nemacolin's Path): The First Chapter of the Old French War, 215pp. Volume IV. Braddock's Road and Three Relative Papers, 213pp. Volume V. The Old Glade (Forbe's) Road: (Pennsylvania State Road), 205pp. Volume VI. Boone's Wilderness Road, 207pp. Volume VII. Portage Paths: The Keys of the Continent, 194pp. Volume VIII. Military Roads of the Mississippi Basin: The Conquest of the Old Northwest, 237pp. Volume IX. Waterways of Westward Expansion: The Ohio River and its Tributaries, 220pp. Volume X. The Cumberland Road, 208pp. Volume XI. Pioneer Roads and Experiences of Travelers, Volume I, 201pp. Volume XII. Pioneer Roads and Experiences of Travelers, Volume II, 202pp. Volume XIII. The Great American Canals, Volume I. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and the Pennsylvania Canal, 231pp. Volume XIV. The American Canals, Volume II: The Erie Canal, 234pp. Volume XV. The Future of Road-Making in America, 211pp. Volume XVI. Index, 188pp. "One of the first publishing projects undertaken by Arthur H. Clark upon the founding of the company, Hulbert's work received mixed reviews, and was uneven in content, it met nevertheless, the criterion of the publisher, containing much original matter accessible in no other form, gathered from manuscript sources."---Clark & Brunet 148. Bookplate of previous owner on front pastedown, else a very good-near fine set of this important, and somewhat unknown, Arthur H. Clark series.
Inventory Number: 45906