Charles Cotesworth Pinckney's Copy, With His SignatureIsaac Weld, Jr. Travels Through the States of North America and the Provinces of Upper and Lower Canada, During the Years 1795, 1796, and 1797 - Charles Cotesworth Pinckney's Copy. London: John Stockdale, 1799.
First edition. Complete in one quarto volume. xxiv, 464  pages. Sixteen copper-engraved plates after drawings by the author, including frontispiece and one folding map, hand-colored in outline.
Contemporary full mottled leather; gilt lettering, rules, and filigree and a red morocco title piece to spine. Marbled endpapers. All edges stained (pale) red. Binding scarred, with wear to edges and corners. Corners bumped; foot of spine repaired and loose. Spine and rear free endpaper wormed. Front hinge cracked. Front free endpaper at one time adhered to fore-edge of facing pastedown; has been somewhat carelessly unstuck, causing ragged edge to front free endpaper. Foxing throughout; pages toned. Offsetting from plates. Some minor dampstaining. A couple of pages missing tips of corners; one page has a two-inch closed tear. One short closed tear to the folding map. Bookplate of author and social historian Joseph Husband (1885-1938). The signature of Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (1746-1825) appears twice: once on the title page, and once (faintly) on the front pastedown. Pinckney, a South Carolina-born statesman and Revolutionary War veteran, was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention and was twice nominated by the Federalist Party as their presidential nominee; he was also George Washington's appointee to serve as U.S. Minister to France during the French Revolution. Book is in overall very good condition.
Isaac Weld (1774-1856), an Irish writer, explorer, and artist, sailed to Philadelphia from Dublin as an adventurous 21-year old. His goal was to travel through America and Canada, ostensibly in order to determine whether either was a suitable destination for Irish emigrants. At the end of his lengthy and extensive travels, he concluded that he much preferred Canada and the Canadian people to the more materialistic Americans, although he wrote of Washington, DC: "If the affairs of the United States go on as rapidly as they have done, it will become the grand emporium of the West, and rival in magnitude and splendour the cities of the whole world." A very popular book of its time which continued to influence readers in their perception of America and Americans long after its initial publication.
Howes W235, Sabin 102541.
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