London: Saunders and Otley, 1838. 1st Edition. Leather bound. Complete three-volume set. 318, 292, 293pp. 8vo. Bound in contemporary 3/4 leather and marbled boards; spines ornately decorated in gilt with red leather title labels. Expertly rebacked preserving the original spines. ACTOR EDWARD EVERETT HORTON'S COPY with his bookplate in each volume. A few traces of rubbing to boards, interior clean and tight, and in overall very good condition. The British edition is found in three volumes; the American edition was published in two. Item #1232461
FIRST EDITION of an important early work of Americana. Martineau (1802-1876), a popular English author, is sometimes considered as the first female sociologist. She traveled to America in 1834. She visited New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, and Louisiana. She held strong views on slavery and inter-racial marriage (which she approved) and her visit was met with hostility in many circles. Howes M348; Sabin 44940, Soliday III 312.