In Two Volumes. London: Chapman & Hall, 1862. 32 pp Vol I ads dated October 1861. Original blind-stamped rose-maroon cloth.
First Edition of Trollope's account of his 1861 trip to the land where his mother and younger siblings had briefly lived (in Cincinnati, 1827-1831). This work is not only a geographical description of North America; Trollope also gets into such questions as "Deficiencies in the Post Office System" (Trollope had been a post office civil servant), "Amount of the Debt - Can the Burden be Borne?" and "Rights of Women" -- topics no less timely now. Given the year, Trollope also discusses the Civil War then raging ("The Causes of the War"). Trollope's wife Rose accompanied him on most of this trip, acting as his amanuensis; it is said that the book's spontaneity declines at the point she left for London -- reflecting how much harder it was for him to write out his thoughts rather than to dictate them freely.~This set is in very good-plus condition (the spines are faded to a light brown, as usual with rose-maroon cloth, but there is very little external wear; also the original Vol I endpapers show some cracking). An uncommon Trollope edition. Sadleir (TROLLOPE) 14. Item #11389