London: Saunders and Otley, 1837. Second edition (first published the same year). 12mo. 3 volumes: xix, 364; vi, 359; vi, 365 pp. During a two-year stay in the United States, 1834-1836, with an object to "compare the existing state of society in America with the principles on which it is purposedly founded" (she found it wanting), Martineau traveled through all sections of the country. Howes M-350. Sabin 44941. Cf. Clark Old South III 205. Larned 1926: "She discusses politics, economic life, civilization, and religion. Possessing extensive knowledge, natural quickness to acquire, sound judgment, and a keen intellect, her opinions are of much value, and are presented in a clear, incisive, and entertaining manner." Engraved bookplate on pastedown of each volume, but a very good copy. Later three quarter green calf (spines faded to brown, joints rubbed, corners bumped) and marbled boards, gilt ornaments between raised bands on spine, leather spine labels. (9275) $375.00. (Inventory #: 62528)
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