EXCURSION THROUGH THE SLAVE STATES, FROM WASHINGTON ON THE POTOMAC TO THE FRONTIER OF MEXICO; WITH SKETCHES OF POPULAR MANNERS AND GEOLOGICAL NOTICES.

New York. 1844. 168pp. printed in double-column format. Original printed wrappers. Wrappers stained and soiled, spine chipped. Internally, largely clean and very good. In a folding, cloth backed, paper chemise. Item #WRCAM30992

The first American edition, abridged. Featherstonhaugh, a geologist of some repute, left Baltimore in August 1834, travelling through the Virginia mountains and across Tennessee, then to Louisville and overland to St. Louis across Indiana and Illinois. From St. Louis he went overland to Arkansas, a state of which he was very critical, and most of the first half of the second volume is devoted to his experiences there. He went a few miles into Texas before going to New Orleans and back via Mobile, Montgomery, Macon, Augusta, and north to Richmond. His account of his experiences is one of the first sustained narratives by an intelligent European traveller entirely in the slave South, and is frequently cited. CLARK III:40. HOWES F68.

Price: $425.00