Lot 259 of 613:
Olmsted's Explorations in the Cotton Kingdom w/folding map  

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Journeys and Explorations in the Cotton Kingdom: A Traveler's Observations On Cotton and Slavery in the American Slave States.

Olmsted, Frederick Law


Sampson, Low, Son & Co.



2 volumes in 1. vii, [2], 376; iv, 404 pp. With folding map at front. (8vo) 18x12 cm (7x4½"), original blindstamped cloth, gilt spine. Second Edition.

Scarce two volume abridgement of Olmsted's three earlier volumes: A Journey in the Seaboard Slave States (1856), A Journey Through Texas (1857), and  A Journey in the Back Country in the Winter of 1853-4 (1860), which remain vivid first-person social documents of the pre-war South. This edition was published during the first six months of the American Civil War at the suggestion of Olmsted's English publisher. To this he wrote a new introduction (on "The Present Crisis") in which he stated explicitly his views on the effect of slavery on the economy and social conditions of the southern states.

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Some wear and soiling to cloth with rubbing to extremities, fading to spine; folding map with some closed tears, one tear repaired with browned tape, foxing to endpapers; very good.

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