Boston: Weeks, Jordan and Company, 1839. iv,467,pp. Original cloth, stamped in blind, gilt title on spine. Spine ends a bit chipped, small gouge in front cover. Scattered foxing. Withal, just about very good. Item #WRCAM25152
First American edition, translated from the third Paris edition of the previous year. Chevalier, later a well- known economist, went to America to study public works for the French government. He spent two years in America, from 1833 to 1835. He had "a reputation among his contemporaries equal to that of ... de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont," according to Monaghan, and his book "still remains as one of the most important French commentaries on the United States." He travelled extensively in the Northeast and the South, including Virginia, South Carolina, and New Orleans. CLARK III:20. HOWES C359. MONAGHAN 422.