The Acquisitions Table: Travels by Land & Water

Barnard, H. D. Travels by land & water. [Hartford: H. D. Barnard, 1860]

A very rare and unusual biography and travel narrative authored by 11-year-old H. D. Barnard, who also set this small-format pamphlet in type and printed it on an amateur press. Born in Detroit, Barnard describes several long journeys to Michigan and Wisconsin, and several shorter trips within southern New England, that he took with his father. Another brief chapter describes a visit on board the S.S. Great Eastern while docked in New York during its maiden voyage to the United States.

Published by

David Whitesell

Curator of Books, American Antiquarian Society

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