London: Saunders and Otley NY: Harper, 1838. First US edn. 8vo, pp. 276, 239. 2 volumes bound in one in later 3/4 calf, some light foxing, but a very good clean tight set. Not in Graff, Howes M-348; Robinson p. 144; Sabin 44941; Clark III, 205. Item #11476
Martineau (1802-76) is remembered as an essayist, educator and novelist. Her two books on her journey to the US are remarkable for her outspoken criticism of slavery and criticism of repressive chivalry. Robinson notes that Martineau's Society in America discusses the politics of her visit to America while this work discusses the mechanics of her travel, which took her the length of America: from Niagara to Texas, where she spent a good deal of time in the South. She mentions New Orleans, Charleston, SC, and Virginia before heading to Baltimore, Lexington (KY) and Cincinnati.