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DOMESTIC MANNERS OF THE AMERICANS
London [and] New York: Whittaker, Treacher, and Co [and] Reprinted for the Booksellers, 1832. American issue of the first edition, same year as the English and identical to that edition but for the inclusion of a preface by the American editor. The first edition complete in one volume. Laid in is a signed autograph letter from Mrs. Trollope to R. Beasley, Esq. and with a bookplate reading "From the Library of Robert Louis Stevenson" on the front endpaper. Illustrated with 7 (of 8) early lithographic plates. Large 12mo, in a near contemporary three-quarter binding by F. C. Schottin of Buffalo of black morocco over dark marbled boards, the spine with gilt double-ruled flat bands and lettering in gilt in two compartments. ix, [1], iiv-111v, 25-325pp. A very good copy of a book rarely found in better then fair condition, the text complete and still quite fresh with only occasional evidence of the usual staining and nearly free of the always present foxing. FIRST EDITION OF THE AUTHOR'S INFLUENTIAL FIRST WORK, WITH A RARE AUTOGRAPH LETTER INCLUDED. Frances Trollope was the mother of Anthony Trollope. She wrote of her visit to America during 1827-1830. Though she started her writing career late in life, she was to write over 40 books in her lifetime. She lived in America with her three youngest children and travelled across the country for 15 months. Her abrasive "Domestic Manners of the Americans" was extremely successful and brought publishing contracts for many other travel memoirs. The book created a sensation on both sides of the Atlantic, as Frances Trollope had a caustic view of the Americans and found America strongly lacking in manners and learning. She was appalled by America's egalitarian middle-class and by the influence of evangelicalism that was emerging during the Second Great Awakening. Trollope was also disgusted by slavery, of which she saw relatively little as she stayed in the South only briefly, and by the popularity of tobacco chewing, and the consequent spitting, even on carpets. American author Mark Twain was amused and impressed by Trollope's observations of the Antebellum frontier America he grew up in: "Mrs Trollope was so handsomely cursed and reviled by this nation [for] telling the truth... she was painting a state of things which did not change at once. ... I remember it."
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