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Lot 1376: 2V Harriet Martineau RETROSPECT OF WESTERN TRAVEL 1838 Antique United States History New Orleans Virginia Alabama Massachusetts
by National Book Auctions
October 22, 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: Retrospect of Western Travel
Author: Harriet Martineau - Harriet Martineau (12 June 1802 – 27 June 1876) was an English social theorist and Whig writer, often cited as the first female sociologist.
Martineau wrote 35 books and a multitude of essays from a sociological, holistic, religious, domestic, and, perhaps most controversial, a feminine perspective; she also translated various works from Auguste Comte. She earned enough to be supported entirely by her writing, a challenging feat for a woman in the Victorian era. Martineau has said of her approach: "when one studies a society, one must focus on all its aspects, including key political, religious, and social institutions". She believed a thorough societal analysis was necessary to understand woman's status.
The novelist Margaret Oliphant said "as a born lecturer and politician she (Martineau) was less distinctively affected by her sex than perhaps any other, male or female, of her generation." While she was commonly described as having a masculine intellect, Martineau introduced feminist sociological perspectives in her writing on otherwise overlooked issues such as marriage, children, domestic and religious life, and race relations.
Publisher: Charles Lohman
City: New York
Binding Style: Hardcover
Number of Volumes: 2 Full Set: Yes
Width: 5" Height: 8"
Book Details: From the consignor's notes: The author begins this work with her embarkation at Liverpool, England for the trans-Atlantic voyage to New York. From there, she first went north to Fort Erie and Niagara, then south to Washington, D. C., Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and finally New orleans. In the second volume, she records her travels up the Mississippi River to Cincinnati, then east to Natural Bridge in Virginia, then north to Massachusetts, the White Mountains, and Lake George.
During her travels, Martineau records her observations of and interactions with Americans, their cities, institutions, and natural wonders. This volume includes commentary on prisons and slavery.
Condition / Notes: These antique volumes are bound in blue paper-covered boards with cloth backstrips. The boards of both volumes show bowing to the top. The volumes display significant external wear, with creasing to the paper, rubbing, and fraying to backstrips. A small piece of the paper spine labels remains on each spine. The rear hinge and text block of Volume II are cracked. A library name and number appear on the front endpapers of both volumes, and the volumes are otherwise free of markings. The interiors display rippling, scattered foxing, and bowing similar to the boards. Each volume is enclosed in an acetate dust jacket.
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