London: W. Simpkin and R. Marshall, 1823. 8vo. xvi, 488 pp., including list of subscribers. FIRST EDITION. Engraved frontispiece of a log house drawn from Ingle’s Refuge, State of Indiana by the author. Contemporary diced russia, covers gilt-ruled, rebacked with original (or at least near contemporary) leather backstrip, spine label; some spotting, especially to first few leaves, otherwise very good. Bookplate of Thomas Leader Harman (1814-c.1890), politician from Southampton and owner of the local liberal newspaper. Item #16923
First edition. Faux, a farmer, states his intention to examine America for purposes of determining emigration prospects. He details his travels from London to Boston, and from there throughout the east coast, the south, and over to the Birkbeck settlement in Illinois. Notwithstanding Faux’s reports about diseases and other issues that could discourage emigration, the book is not anti-American, as it was designated. He is actually both complimentary as well as critical, and tends to make light of things both British and American. He was, however, particularly unfavorable towards Birkbeck and his Illinois settlement. "Faux concluded that the United States was not suitable for British farmers, but he found some admirable aspects of American life. The controversies aroused on both sides of the Atlantic by the book were more bitter than the book."