New York, NY: Harper & Brothers, 1862. First American (Pirated) Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good. Item #27217
vii + 623 + 4 pages of publishers' announcements. Contents with the author's rambling travels about the North American continent, in the U.S. & Canada; with the distinction that it was written during the American Civil War. In the Introduction, the author makes the point that "...My wish is to describe as well as I can the present social and political state of the country. This I should have attempted, with more personal satisfaction in the work, had there been no disruption between the North and South; but I have not allowed that disruption to deter me from an object which, if it were delayed, might probably never be carried out. I am therefore forced to take the subject in its present condition, and being so forced I must write of the war, of the causes which have led to it, and of its probable termination. But I wish it to be understood that it was not my selected task to do so, and it is not now my primary object..." The Appendices contain the 1776 Declaration of Independence; the 1778 Articles of Confederation, Etc. and the Constitution of the United States. Anthony Trollope (1815 - 1882) British novelist, "...The quantity of his accomplishment remains astonishing: forty-seven novels, five volumes of collected short stories, plus a handful of uncollected stories. He wrote four large travel books: The West Indies and the Spanish Main (1859), North America (1862), Australia and New Zealand (1873), South Africa (1878); and a slight book on Iceland. An indefatigable, unstoppable traveller all his life, Trollope, in James Anthony Froude's words, 'banged about the world' much more than most people, (Escott, 133).)...A huge, solid base of Trollope readers has existed since his death...." (N. John Hall in the ODNB) Title page with the previous owner name-stamp of collector and Civil War veteran George R. Brush M.D. U.S. Navy; a surgeon & medical inspector, from 1861-1894. Approx. 5 1/4" x 7 3/4" size, bound in the original dark brown textured and blind-stamped cloth covered boards, spine gilt titled. Some edge, tips wear and rubbing to the binding, surface cloth of spine ends chipped away; contents in very good condition.