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A second visit to the United States

LYELL, Charles

Published by ? Harpers, New York & London, 1849
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A few text illustrations throughout text, publisher's advertisements at end of vol. II. Bound in modern cloth with original spine labels; excellent overall condition with very crisp, clean pages. First American edition. On Lyell's first trip to America, he spent most of the time in the east, traveling through New York, Boston and Philadelphia, as well as the St. Lawrence and Ohio Valley. He returned for a second visit In 1845, spending most of his trip touring the southern states. He collected fossils in Georgia and Alabama, where he also visited a coal field. He journeyed from New Orleans to the mouth of the Mississippi River to study the growth of the delta. Up the Mississippi by steamboat, and then across the Alleghenies to Philadelphia (which must have been a favorite), and from there back to Boston where he sailed home after a nine-month trip. Lyell is a wonderful writer whose readers feel like they have accompanied him the entire way. This work is particularly interesting for his description of the coastal islands of the southeast as well as his detailed observations of the Mississippi Valley. Of particular interest is his accounting of discussions with locals on politics and slavery. Bookseller Inventory # 14582

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Title: A second visit to the United States

Publisher: ? Harpers, New York & London

Publication Date: 1849

Edition: First American edition.

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