1859 · London
by Trotter, Isabella S.
London: Longman (et al.), 1859. First Edition. Very good. 8vo. xii, 308 pp. With folding map of the eastern U.S. and Canada with original outline coloring and author's route in red. Later 3/4 black roan over dark green boards (edges somewhat worn). Map neatly repaired; on title the author's name written in MS and subsequently erased (sic). Bound without the advertisements. "Penetrated West to Missouri, and liked it all." (Howes, U.S.-iana T358). "Mrs Trotter did not go south of the Potomac, but she did tour Kentucky and visit Louisville, Frankfort, and Lexington [...] she made a favorable comparison between the Bluegrass area and the English countryside." (Clark, Old South III, 501).
The work is comprised of thirteen letters from Mrs. Trotter to her daughter, in which are described the author's arrival at New York, the burning of quarantine buildings, Newport, Boston, Niagra Falls, Toronto, Quebec, Yale University, Philadelphia, Baltimore, B&O Railway, Columbus, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Chicago, and back to New York where she describes the Astor Library and Cooper Institute.
The last copy on the market sold at Sotheby's on 26 July 1973.
(Inventory #: 3316)