A Diary in America, with Remarks on Its Institutions
Philadelphia: Carey & Hart, 1839. First edition. Original cloth over boards. Duodecimos. 242 and 228 pages. Very good in original bindings of pebbled green cloth over boards with paper spine labels. Shallow chipping at heads of spines, minor wear and toning to spine labels, faint spotting to cloth. Hinges sound, interiors mildly age toned. Overall a very attractive set.
Frederick Marryat was a British naval officer and pioneering nautical fiction writer. He traveled to America in 1836-1837, and this is the first American edition of his account of that visit. It is an interesting outside view, but his criticisms of American culture and society led some to publicly burn his book and effigy.
Ref. SABIN 44696; HOWES M300; MCKINSTRY P248.