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New York: Charles Wiley, 1822 Republished London: Sir Richard Phillips & Co., 1822 Both items appear on the title page. Believe this to be the London publication. Printer on Fleet Street appears at the bottom of last page. Thus, concluding this to be 1st English Edition. 1822 is the date of 1st issue.
James Kirke Paulding (August 22, 1778 - April 6, 1860) was an American writer and, for a time, the United States Secretary of the Navy. He became a close friend of Washington Irving.
Along with Irving, Paulding was associated with the "Knickerbocker group", a group which also included William Cullen Bryant, Gulian Crommelin Verplanck, Fitz-Greene Halleck, Joseph Rodman Drake, Robert Charles Sands, Lydia Maria Child, and Nathaniel Parker Willis.
The text contains caustic remarks and scathing criticisms of English mores, government, landscape, education, and the arts. Pauldin's observations were based more on his reading than first-hand knowledge. Still the American public received the book enthusiastically.
Text block firm. Text clean, toned with some spotting. Half leather with stamped gilt spine title. Marbled paper covered boards. No endpages, as produced. Hinges tender but intact. Moderated wear to edges and spine. Corners rubbed.
REF: Bodl: 014230979; LCon: 03000919, Am Ed; OCLC: 31203233; Sabin 59212; BAL 15696