The farmers and traders guide, showing at one view, the wholesale or retail value of any commodity from ¼ of a cent to $15 dollars in dollars and cents; with a variety of useful tables.

Pumpkintown, East Tennessee, Johnston & Edwards, 1839.

16mo, pp. 136; printed tables; browned throughout, some foxing; a good copy in the original printed-paper roan backed boards, rubbed and soiled, front joint split at foot, printer’s advertisement to the rear board; inkstamps of D.W. Griffith to both pastedowns.

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First edition. Pumpkintown, so called for its abundant crop of pumpkins, was a flourishing trade centre at the start of the nineteenth century, serving as a contact point for wagon trains, and attracting merchants from Charleston, Hamburg and Augusta who bartered city produce for livestock and farm products. The present work reflects Pumpkintown’s trading ethos, being intended for quick and easy reference during transactions, even for ‘a person quite unacquainted with arithmetic’ (introduction). With literacy rates still relatively low among travelling traders, text in the body of the text is kept to a minimum, and printed in a large type.

Chosen as the administrative centre for McMinn county in 1823, Pumpkintown is now part of present day Athens, Tennessee.

Pumpkintown imprints are extremely rare; in addition to this title, which appeared in two issues in the same year, the other in marbled boards, Worldcat finds only a printed collection of music for churches, and a guide to home medical remedies.

Allen “Tennessee Imprints” 1608: ‘Issue with printed boards includes only known contemporary mention of the location of Pumpkintown’; American imprints 56067. OCLC finds five copies.

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