Poletika, Petr Ivanovich. A Sketch of the Internal Condition of the United States of America, and of their Political Relations with Europe. By a Russian. Translated from the French by an American with Notes. Baltimore: E.J. Coale, 1826. 4to. [4], 1-20(4), 21(2). [8], iv, 5-163, [1]p. 1/2 contemporary calf, corners rubbed, hinges started. Decorative gilt bands on spine, title in gilt lettering, slight damage to head and tail. Marbled endpapers. Moderate browning, foxing, with occasional dampstains. Rough edges on half-title. First U.S. edition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection. Krown & Spellman retail: $300.00

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    Poletika (1778-1849), first visited the United States between 1810 and 1812 and then returned for a three year stay in 1819 after which he composed this work on America. "...during the interval of seven years which had elapsed between my visits to the United States, the changes, or to speak more accurately, the improvements in all departments of domestic economy, surpassed the most sanguine calculations of political prophecy..."Preface. It was first published, in the same year, in French. This is the first edition in English. Shaw & Shoemaker 25794. Howes SP432. Sabin 63732.OCLC: 3217858.         


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