Historic Original Antique Book by J.G.M Ramsey, “The Annals of Tennessee” 1853
Rare Original First Edition / Printing of the Historic Antique 1853 Book “The Annals of Tennessee to the End of the Eighteenth Century:” by J. G. M. Ramsey, A.M., M.D. | Published Charleston: Walker & James, 1853 1st Edition & First Printing | Includes the following sections: the Watauga Association, from 1769 to 1777; a part of North-Carolina, from 1777 to 1784; the State of Franklin, from 1784 to 1788; a part of North Carolina, from 1788 to 1790; the Territory of the U. States, south of the Ohio, from 1790 to 1796; the State of Tennessee, from 1796 to 1800 | Includes folding map and plan
Rare Original First Edition / Printing of the Historic Antique 1853 Book “The Annals of Tennessee to the End of the Eighteenth Century:” by J. G. M. Ramsey, A.M., M.D. | Published Charleston: Walker & James, 1853 1st Edition & First Printing | Includes the following sections: the Watauga Association, from 1769 to 1777; a part of North-Carolina, from 1777 to 1784; the State of Franklin, from 1784 to 1788; a part of North Carolina, from 1788 to 1790; the Territory of the U. States, south of the Ohio, from 1790 to 1796; the State of Tennessee, from 1796 to 1800 | Includes folding map and plan | Ramsey’s Annals of Tennessee is the history of Tennessee from its beginnings as that part of North Carolina west of the mountains until it became the sixteenth state in the Union. Ceded by North Carolina to the Confederated States after the Revolutionary War, but not accepted by them, they adopted several forms of self-government. This is a story of their trials, their battles with the Native Americans who occupied the lands the pioneers coveted, and their ultimate statehood. Ramsey, Corresponding Secretary of the East Tennessee Historical and Antiquarian Society, drew much of his material from original sources. As history, the Annals are extremely readable. As a genealogical resource, Ramsey’s contribution to the field is invaluable.
Book Size & Dimensions: Octavo, viii, 744 pages, 9.375″ x 6.125″ x 2.25;” map: 8.875″ x 18.125″
Condition: The book is in good condition considering its age and use. Bound in period full leather with gilt bands and lettering to spine, hinges cracked but holding strong, foxing, rubbing to boards, this copy has the original large fold out frontispiece map, a few creases to the map, else in good + condition. Has all original pages with some toning and foxing.
Comprising its Settlement, as The Watauga Association from 1769 to 1777; A Part of North-Carolina, from 1777 to 1784; The State of Franklin, From 1784 to 1788; A Part of North-Carolina, from 1788 to 1790; The Territory of the U. States, South of the Ohio, From 1790 to 1796; The State of Tennessee From 1796 to 1800.
About James G.M. Ramsey
James Gettys McGready Ramsey (March 25, 1797 – April 11, 1884) was an American historian, physician, and businessman, active primarily in East Tennessee during the nineteenth century. Ramsey is perhaps best known for his book, The Annals of Tennessee to the End of the Eighteenth Century, a seminal work documenting the state’s frontier and early statehood periods. Ramsey was also a major advocate for development in East Tennessee, leading efforts to bring railroad access to the region, and helping to organize the region’s first medical society.
As the son of a prominent Tennessee statesman, Ramsey encountered as a child many of the state’s important early political figures, giving him a unique historical perspective on the state’s early years. After his father’s death, Ramsey began compiling a vast collection of historical documents related to the state’s Watauga, Franklin, and Southwest Territory periods. After years of exchanging advice and notes with fellow historian Lyman Draper, Ramsey published the 700-plus page Annals in 1853. While the book has been praised for its attention to accuracy and factual detail, modern historians have criticized it for its lack of historical inquiry and its overemphasis on biography and warfare.
A lifelong states’ rights Democrat, Ramsey supported the Confederacy during the Civil War, and was forced to flee Knoxville ahead of the city’s Federal occupation in 1863. While the war left his family and finances in ruins, Ramsey nevertheless returned to Knoxville in the early 1870s, and gradually rebuilt his fortune. His funeral procession in 1884 was the largest ever witnessed in Knoxville until that time.
About The Annals of Tennessee
Ramsey began accumulating historical documents pertaining to the state’s history during the 1830s. He began writing The Annals of Tennessee in 1840, but the project stalled as Ramsey struggled with a lack of information regarding certain periods, and attempted to address certain contradictions in his source documents. A major catalyst for Ramsey during this period was his friendship with historian Lyman Draper, who first visited Ramsey in October 1844. Draper, who was compiling documents for a history of the Trans-Allegheny region, helped Ramsey fill in a number of gaps, and provided him with technical advice.
The Annals of Tennessee, which covers the state’s history to 1800, was finally published in 1853. Contemporary historians such as Draper, George Bancroft, and Benson John Lossing, praised the Annals. A second edition was published within a few years. The 1860 edition of Ramsey’s The Annals of Tennessee also features approximately 36 pages of display advertising for Lippincott & Grambo & Co.s Publications at the back section of the book, predominately selling religious books, sermons, and illustrations.
The book is an invaluable account of many of the state’s early historical events, especially considering that many of the documents on which it was based were destroyed during the Civil War. Modern historians, however, criticize Ramsey for focusing almost solely on battles and biographies of key figures, while ignoring economic and social factors that contributed significantly to the state’s early settlement. The book has also been criticized for its unbalanced organization, providing a torrent of details on some events and scant details on other, equally important events.
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