Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1860. ,264pp. plus six chromolithographic plates and lithographed titlepage. Half title. Original pebbled cloth, spine gilt. Cloth a bit sunned, else near fine. Item #WRCAM34784
A scarce account of Deynoot's trip through the United States and Canada in 1859, featuring handsome chromolithographs. Deynoot left Rotterdam and went through Liverpool on his way to New York. He travelled throughout New England, visiting the factory towns of Lowell and Lynn, Massachusetts before crossing the border to Montreal. Deynoot then went to Quebec, returned to the United States via Detroit, and went as far west as Chicago, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, and St. Paul. He steamed down the Mississippi to St. Louis, headed back east to Washington, D.C., passing through Louisville, Frankfort, Lexington, and Pittsburgh, and then through Baltimore and Philadelphia, then back to New York. The very attractive plates show the steamboat, Metropolis; hotels in New York and Boston; the Victoria bridge in Montreal; a log cabin out west and Indian wigwams beside the Mississippi; and the New York Institute for the Deaf and Dumb. One plate shows an image of the steamboat, City of Memphis, on the Mississippi, and a horse-drawn steam-powered fire engine in Cincinnati. This engine, invented by Alexander Bonner Latta and built and tested in Cincinnati, was the first practical fire engine, and Cincinnati became the first American city to replace volunteers with the horse-drawn steam fire engine and to form a paid fire department. A valuable narrative. HOWES G150, "aa." SABIN 27251.