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Travels through U.S. with Melish map  

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An excursion through the United States and Canada during the years 1822-23. By an English Gentleman

[Blane, William N.]


Printed for Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy



[4], 511 pp.; errata slip. With folding maps and tables including the frontispiece, which is hand-colored in outline; folding table. (8vo) 21.2x12.5 cm. (8½x5"), half leather with marbled boards, black morocco spine label titled in gilt. First Edition.

Clark, Travels in the Old South, notes: "The account is one of the least opinionated of any written by English visitors for a decade or more, and may be compared in this respect to Hodgson. Although exhibiting a definite antislavery bias, Blane was open-minded on most matters. He adjusted himself to frontier inconveniences, and showed an awareness of rapidly improving conditions in the newer population areas. He criticized his own countrymen for their prejudiced and unfair accounts of American life, but noted evidence of a changing attitude. He concluded that the frontier was not a place where immigrant Englishmen would be happier, but recommended any part of America for the poor Irish." Clark II, 184; Howes B521; Sabin 5872.

Lot Amendments

Some rubbing to covers, slight staining to spine, spine label chipped; rebacked with endpapers renewed; bookplates on front pastedown; tape repairs to frontis folding map; some offsetting and foxing throughout; overall very good.

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