DUVERGIER DE HAURANNE, Louis-Prosper-Ernest. Huit mois en Amérique. Paris, A. Lacroix and Verboeckhoven, 1866.
Two volumes, 8vo. Contemporary pebble-grained cloth with red morocco lettering-pieces to spines; pp. , xi, 439; [iv], 503; light marking and wear to bindings, only a little spotted internally; from Holland House Library (book plates), which was bomb-damaged in 1940.
First edition. 'It is strange that this book had never been translated into English, for it is the single work wich offers the most complete picture of American life written by any French traveller during the period of the Civil War. The author was endowed with a penetrating observation and a felicitous style. He arrived in the United States in June, 1864, during a critical period of the war, and remained until February, 1865, when the victory of the North was certain. During that time he travelled extensively: from Quebec to Georgia and from Boston to Missouri. Among his many interesting pages will be found valuable materials on Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Washington, Chicago, Missouri, and Kentucky' (Monaghan 623). Duvergier de Hauranne was a travel writer, journalist and moved in circles that supported the House of Orléans.