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Charles Lyell's American Tours, 1845 & 1849  

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Travels in North America [and] A Second Visit to the United States of North America

Lyell, Charles

New York


1845 & 1849


Three octavo volumes. First American Editions. Includes:

  • Travels in North America, In the Years 1841-2; With Geological Observations on the United States, Canada, and Nova Scotia. 2 volumes in 1. vi, [iii]-vii, [1], 251, [1]; vi, 221 pp. Illustrated with plate, text drawings. Three quarter red morocco and marbled boards, gilt spine. This copy issued with plate VI only; other plates not present. Bookplate of Abraham Lawrence. Wiley and Putnam, 1845.
  • A Second Visit to the United States of North America. 2 volumes. 273; 287, [1] + 12 ad pp. With a few plates, text drawings. original blind stamped brown cloth, gilt spines. With small labels of W.J. Nichols on front pastedowns. Vol. 1 lacking pp. 213-214, p. 215-216 with two horizontal slits across page. Harper & Brothers, 1849.

"Lyell's description of the coastal islands of the southeastern coast, erosion, topography, and fossils in Georgia and Alabama are an important contribution to travel literature, while his detailed observations of the Mississippi Valley from the delta to the mouth of the Ohio River equal or excel the accounts of other travelers. Lyell's unbiased, careful, and objective observations of the social and economic pattern of Southern institutions are of particular significance. His unhurried travel afforded him opportunities for close contact with virtually all elements of Southern life.many realistic yet prophetic observations make Lyell one of the most important among the many travelers reporting on the institution (of slavery) during this period."--Clark III, pp. 269-273

Lot Amendments

Some wear to bindings with rubbing to extremities; scattered foxing; very good.

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