ISAAC WELD (1774-1856)
Travels through the States of North America, and the Provinces of Upper and Lower Canada, during the Years 1795, 1796, and 1797. London: John Stockdale, 1799. 4° (275 x 210mm). Erratum slip pasted to foot of plate list. Engraved frontispiece and 10 engraved plates after Weld, 5 engraved maps and plans, one folding and hand-coloured in outline. (Small tear to folding map). Contemporary calf gilt, covers with decorative roll-tool border, the flat spine divided into six compartments by fillets and roll tools, red morocco lettering-pieces in the second and third compartments, the others with a decorative overall net pattern built up by the repeated use of a zig-zag roll, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, marbled edges.
A VERY FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. The attractive plates include city plans of Washington and Quebec, three views of Niagara Falls, and a panorama of Mount Vernon. Born in Ireland, Isaac Weld set sail from Ireland for Philadelphia in 1795. 'He spent a little over two years in America. Often guided by Indians, he explored the vast forests and great rivers. While in the towns he mixed in the best society, and he met George Washington. He returned home at the close of 1797 ... and published [the present work] in 1799 ... The work was well received and went to several English editions and was translated into French, German, and Dutch ... his descriptions were influential because they were relatively early and were long included in compilations of travellers' reports on the United States in this period, despite his general lack of sympathy with the American patriots' (DNB). Howes W235; Sabin 102541.
With: [MICHEL GUILLAUME ST.JEAN DE CREVECOEUR (1735-1813)]. Voyage dans la haute Pensylvanie et dans l'état de New-York. Paris: l'Imprimerie Carpelet, chez Maradan, 1801. 3 volumes, 8° (202 x 127mm). Half-titles. Stipple-engraved portrait frontispiece of George Washington, 11 engraved plates, maps and plans (comprising: 2 stipple-engraved portraits, 5 folding plates, 4 folding maps). (The portraits and one map browned, light marginal staining towards the rear of the final volume.) Contemporary calf by J. Bohn (worn, one spine lacking). FIRST EDITION. An original work though presented as a translation. Howes C884; Sabin 17501. (4)