London: G. Berger, 1848. 16mo. 64 pp., which includes the original printed purple front and rear wrappers (rear wrapper with publisher’s advertisements). FIRST EDITION. Bound into half-calf and marbled boards, with the title in gilt on the front cover and marbled paste-downs. An exceptional copy. Item #16476
First edition of this fascinating account of an English family’s experiences when settling in Pike County, Illinois. The author, her husband and five children, landed in New Orleans and traveled from there up the Mississippi to Illinois. The book related her experiences and reactions to life in a new country. She shares the horrors and delights of life in America, like any newcomer, shocked at slavery and in wonderment of the natural beauty of her surroundings. This is a wonderful first-hand account of immigration during a time when America was actually encouraging families to settle.
Graff, 490; Howes, B-992.