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Visit to the Falls of Niagara in 1800 - extra illustrated with Maude bookplate
London Richard Nichols of Wakefield for Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green 1826 8vo, 24.5cm x 16cm. Contemporary full morocco attractively gilt; all edges gilt. First edition. viii, [1 colour plate], [2],v,[2 plate list],[3]- 313, [1][1]- 16 additional notes, [i] xxvi index, [1] pp. Extra-illustrated with a lithographed portrait of the author by Madeley, an anonymous hand-coloured lithographed view of Moor House (Maude's home in Yorkshire), engraved title page and eight engraved plates, marked "Proof". And with 16pp. 'Additional Notes' (printed in June 1839 or later. The binding is rubbed at the edges; but the volume is tight and sound; the text black clean and very attractive. This is John Maude's own copy, with his armorial bookplate on pastedown, and with added inserted frontispiece portrait and color plate of his residence, Moor House. Neat ink corrections likely by the author (p.133, page 15/16 additional notes). Page 259 small triangle shaped piece of paper in border missing bottom right not affecting text. Overall condition is very good. Maude chose to print, more-or-less verbatim, his daily journal of the journey which allows his fascination with the country and the people to show through, as well as giving an edge of warmth and humor to the wealth of fascinating detail that the work provides, as he writes in the preface 'Gray was right in asserting, that a word written on the spot, is worth a cartload of recollections'. Maude, who lived in America between 1793 and 1803, wished the book to help promote friendly relations between the United Kingdom and the United States, as he writes in the preface 'The Americans, it is hoped, will accept the Book as a testimonial of the Author's good will towards a People by whom he was received more as a relative than as a stranger, and among whom he formed friendships that have been the solace of his life, and to this moment gladden his existence'. The journal begins on June 21st 1800 in New York, and after entries covering a journey of 'more than 1800 miles' ends in the same city on October 10th of the same year. The author traveled via Albany to Niagara, Montreal, Lake Champlain, the Hudson River, returning via Albany to his starting point.Dow I:115; Howes M429; Lande 1969; Lowndes p.1518; Sabin 46913; TPL 744 Very Good
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