Autobiography of James Silk Buckingham including his voyages, travels, adventures, speculations, successes and failures, faithfully and rankly narrated; interspersed with characteristic sketches of public men with whom he has had intercourse, during a period of more than fifty years ...

London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longman, 1855. Two volumes. 8vo. xv, [i], 400; xii, 424 pp. FIRST EDITION. With 24-page publisher’s catalogue in Volume I. Frontispiece portrait, leaf with text illustrations in Volume II. Later cloth with the original publisher’s front cover on both volumes; new endpapers, text very clean. With the bookplate of the Minnesota Historical Society (withdrawn stamp over each). Item #15161

First edition. Buckingham (1786-1855) was best known for his efforts at journalistic and social reform. As a young man he traveled extensively. His Travels in Palestine was published in 1821, which included an account of his capture by French forces and his being held as a prisoner of war. He eventually settled in India, where in 1818 he established the Calcutta Journal. Based upon his criticism of the East India Company, he was expelled from the country and his periodical was suppressed. Returning to England, Buckingham sat as an MP for Sheffield, where he advocated for social reform. Ultimately he went back on the road, spending four years in America and more throughout Europe. He was a voluminous writer; “his books which related his journeys in foreign countries contain much valuable matter, both descriptive and statistical” (DSB). Among other matters, this work includes a detailed account of the life of Antonio Emidy, the celebrated black violinist and composer.

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