Item #1476 A Sketch of the Internal Condition of the United States of America, and of their Political Relations with Europe. Petr Ivanovich Poletika, A Russian.
A Sketch of the Internal Condition of the United States of America, and of their Political Relations with Europe
A Sketch of the Internal Condition of the United States of America, and of their Political Relations with Europe
A Sketch of the Internal Condition of the United States of America, and of their Political Relations with Europe
A Sketch of the Internal Condition of the United States of America, and of their Political Relations with Europe
A Russian Looks at Early 19th Century America

A Sketch of the Internal Condition of the United States of America, and of their Political Relations with Europe

Baltimore: E. J. Coale, 1826. First edition. Marbled boards, leather spine and fore corners. Octavo. [6], 163 pages. Bound in marbled paper over boards with leather spine and fore corners, marbled endpapers, gilt-stamped spine titles, top edge gilt. Fore corners modestly bumped, rubbed through. Various rubs and shallow chips to board edges. Prior owner inscription dated 1906 on preliminary blank, small oval stamp in top margin of first page of Preface. Scattered foxing to interior along with innocuous old dampstain to lower fore corner of textblock. Good to very good condition overall.

A very observant outsider's portrayal of American society and government in the early 19th century. Poletika (Poletica) had lived in the United States from 1810 to 1812, and returned as the second Russian ambassador to the United States in 1819.

Poletika describes the extent of the U. S. territory, population, government, etc., as well as its army, navy, and political relations with Europe. There is also discussion of the American justice system and its penitentiaries, the nation's finances, and the state of American society as a whole.

According to the publisher's Preface, this work was written in Washington in 1823. There is a separate Preface by the author, as well as an Appendix of notes giving interesting commentary on certain points. One of the more interesting is a lengthy note regarding slavery.

Originally published in London, in French, the same year as this first English edition. Scarce in commerce.

Ref. SABIN 63732; HOWES S525.


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