NY: Wiley and Putnam, 1845. First U.S. edition. 2 volumes in 1. 8vo., vi, iv-vii, 251 pp.; vi, 231 pp., (10) pp. of adverts, with a folding map and 6 plates, some folding, many hand colored. Bound in the publisher's brown cloth with the title on the spine in gilt. The folding map and one folding plate have edge wear, where the plates extended past the rest of the text block. Previous owner's 1846 signature on a front end paper. A bright copy in near fine condition. Item #31848
Lyell came to America in 1841, to study geology and lecture on the topic. While researching for his book, his trips into the field included Canada, Richmond, Norfolk, the Dismal Swamp, Charleston, Augusta, and west to Cincinnati. The resulting 2 volume book, with some 90 pages devoted to his travels in the South, is considered one of the most accurate of his time. Among the topics that interested him in the South were geology, soil erosion, steamboats, morality, social classes, and Southern customs and institutions. He saw slavery as a matter of race relations as well as servitude, and compares the position of the Negro in the North with those in the South.
Howes L-575; Sabin 42761.