London: Printed for John Stockdale, 1800. Third edition. Leather bound. Two volume set. 427, 375pp. Octavo [22 cm] Nicely rebound in tan 3/4 quarter calf over the original marbled leather boards. Backstrip has red and black gilt stamped leather labels with gilt rules. Floral gilt stamped pattern to the rest of the backstrip. The front board of volume 1 is nearly detached, and the front free endpaper, map, and title page are detached but present. Both volumes internally clean. Advertisements have been removed from both volumes. The large folding map, 'Part of the United States of North America', measures 48 cm by 43 cm, and is present at the front of volume one. Large map shows America as it was then known with the western edge being Detroit and Kentucky. The state lines are hand colored. A few short closed tears at the folds. Volume one also contains seven views, two plans (Washington and Quebec) and a map of upper and lower Canada. Volume two contains five views, four of these are about Niagara Falls. Nice early American travel narrative by this Irish writer and artist. Howes W235. Sabin 192541. Good. Item #27125
Weld's Travels Through the States of North America and the Provinces of Upper and Lower Canada was an instant success. It went through several editions, and was translated into several different languages. It is worth noting that Weld's work is more favorable towards Canada than it is towards the United States.