Title: A History of the County of Berkshire, Massachusetts; in Two Parts. The First Being a General View of the County; the Second, an Account of the Several Towns. By Gentlemen in the County, Clergymen and Laymen.
Publication: Pittsfield: Printed by S. W. Bush, 1829.
Sealts Number: 216.
Association: Autographed, marked and annotated by Herman Melville.
Location: Berkshire Athenaeum, V 974.41 FIELD.
Data entry for this edition performed by Elizabeth Melena and Peter Norberg, Saint Joseph’s University.
Upper to lower leaf] pencil notation:
"On Thursday July 18, 1850,
at 8. A.M. started with
Robert in his waggon on a
tour of the Southern part of the
County of Berkshire, to view the
state of the crops — he being
Chairman of the 'Viewing Committee'
of the Berkshire Agricultural Society.
— Arrived at the Lenox Meeting
house on the hill, took a round
turn into the hollow — thence
to Richmond, dining at Williams'
nigh the R.R. Depot. Went
to a high hill in Richmond to see
a crop of rye on a mountain.
Fine prospect. Put up for the night
at old Cap. Smith's in Lenox,
near the Pond. Glorious place, &
fine old fellow. Detained there
till next day at noon by a
severe storm. From thence went
to Stockbridge, & across the Housatonic, [. . .]"
Upper to middle leaf] pencil notation:
"[. . . ] over 'the plains', & by Monument
mountain, thro' Barrington to
Egremont, where we put up
at a Mr Joiner's for the night.
After breakfast, next day, went
into Sheffield, & dined at
Mr Cooper's. Thence thro'
the two villages of Sheffield to
Stockbridge, & teaed with Mr
Hinckley in the village. And
home on Saturday night by R.R.
Bottom margin] partially erased pencil notation:
"Roots of a tree is the stem
inverted. By experiment,
the plum, cherry &c have
proved it. [two or three unrecovered words]
[five or six unrecovered words]".
Upper leaf] institutional ink stamp. Middle leaf] partially effaced ink inscription: "'Let them talk of Blue Ridges And Natural Bridges,
But give me the Valley of Berks:; There the hill-horse neighs, There wind the purple ways, [four or five unrecovered words]
[five or six unrecovered words] !' Shaker Poet.