LETTRES SUR L'AMÉRIQUE
Ixelles lez Bruxelles: Delegigne et Callewaert, 1851. First Belgian edition. Three volumes bound in one. Old binding of half cloth and marbled boards. pp (268); 244, 274 + 6 plates. Spine rebacked some time ago with plain green cloth. Rubbing and peeling to the marbled paper on the boards; inner hinges repaired with archival cloth tape; old (Belgian?) bookseller's rubber stamp on front free endpaper; ugly binding but sound - the text, other than occasional foxing, is VG, clean and unworn. Table of Contents at end of first and second volumes but not at third (lacking?) Sabin 44643. TPL 8139, Gagnon I 310, all describing the Paris, 1851 edition in two volumes. Marmier, a passionate traveller and author, was in 1835 attached to the Arctic expedition of the "Recherche". He was elected to the French Academy in 1870. This work recounts his travels in Canada, the United States, Havana, and the Rio de la Plata. Chapters 3-9 of Volume I are on Canada, mostly Montréal and Québec, though he did go to Kingston and thence to Niagara Falls via the American route. The frontispiece of Vol. I is of Niagara Falls.
Condition: Book: Good, Binding: Hardcover