London: Chapman and Hall, 1842. First edition. Finely bound by Zaehnsdorf in half morocco over cloth with gilt to spines. Top edges brightly gilt. Marbled endpapers. Spined sunned and some spotting to the front board of volume II. Bookplate of A.J. Cocking to front pastedown of volume I, below a bookseller's ticket. Cloth from original spines and front boards bound in at rear of each volume. Internally unmarked with occasional marginal foxing. Overall a pleasing example.
"When Charles Dickens set out for America in 1842, he was the most famous man of his day to travel there -- curious about the revolutionary new democracy that had captured the English imagination. His frank and often humorous descriptions cover everything from his comically wretched sea voyage to his sheer astonishment at the magnificence of the Niagara Falls. He also visited hospitals, prisons and law courts...But Dickens' opinion of America as a land ruled by money, built on slavery, with a corrupt press and unsavory manners provoked a hostile reaction on both sides of the Atlantic" (Ingraham). (Item #4428)