American Notes for General Circulation.
Seller ID: 1106
New-York: Harper & Brothers, 1842. First edition (, 92, adverts), tall octavo in brown soft wraps with 'Price One Shilling' and black decoration on front cover. It seems there was something of a 'race' to publish Notes for American readers, some of whom were offended by Dickens' remarks on the persistence of slavery, the piratical practices of American publishers, and the sometimes grasping crudities of the 'American way'. Dickens' journey began in New England and took him down to Richmond and on out to the 'west' (Cincinnati and St. Louis). He crossed into Canada at Niagara, travelling on to Toronto, Kingston, Montreal and Quebec and found the country almost wholly laudable. Inside the back cover is Harper's advert for the forthcoming publication of Stephens' Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, dated November 2, 1842, which is understood to have some bearing on the question which came first, this soft-cover Harper & Bros. publication or an edition in newspaper format, both of which were rushed to an eager public. Skilfull restoration to the front cover, a few foxed pages. Very good.
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