American Notes for General Circulation

DICKENS, Charles.
London: Chapman and hall, 1842.
First edition, first issue. Two volumes. xvi, 308; viii, 306 [6] pp. With two bookplates, one from the noted bibliophile Harry Elkins Widener [1885-1912]), whose mother's donation to Harvard built the library that her son intended to give the university. Harry perished aboard the Titanic and never got to see his dream fulfilled. The other from Andrew Mortimer Drummond, banker of Charing-Cross and Denham, Bucks., 1786-1864.
Octavo, original brown cloth decorated and ruled in blind, gilt lettered spines, pale yellow endpapers. Spines a tad faded (gilt bright), volume I with some minor expert restoration, vol II with light rubbing of spine ends, else fine.

Dickens and his wife arrived in Boston, then visited Hartford, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Richmond, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, St. Louis, the Illinois prairies, Ohio, Toronto, Montreal and Quebec. His strong abhorrence of slavery is openly expressed and he makes good Dickensian fun of American ways, but in general he lets Americans off pretty lightly, although it was not seen that way at the time, and a wave of angry citizens wrote nasty responses. He paints a vivid picture of travel by steamboat, the Midwest as he saw it, and the social life in the eastern cities. One of the most interesting of ante-bellum travellers to America. [Howes D316. Clark III:151. Hubach, p. 94. Smith II, 3].

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