First Editions of Frederick Law Olmsted's A Journey In The Seaboard Slave States; A Journey Through Texas; A Journey In The Back Country

  • A Journey In The Seaboard Slave States; A Journey Through Texas; A Journey In The Back Country.

A Journey In The Seaboard Slave States; A Journey Through Texas; A Journey In The Back Country.

$2,750.00

Item Number: 3040

New York: Dixon & Edwards, 1856-1860, 1860.

First edition, Octavo, three volumes, original cloth. A Journey In The Seaboard Slave states is inscribed by the author to his cousin Charles Olmsted. The cloth has been sympathetically rebacked. The remaining two volumes are in very good condition. Books inscribed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American Landscape Architecture, are rare.

Interested in the slave economy, he was commissioned by the New York Daily Times (now The New York Times) to embark on an extensive research journey through the American South and Texas from 1852 to 1857. His dispatches to the Times were collected into three volumes (A Journey in the Seaboard Slave States (1856),A Journey Through Texas (1857), A Journey in the Back Country in the Winter of 1853-4 (1860) which remain vivid first-person social documents of the pre-war South.

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