New York and London: Dix & Edwards and Sampson Low, 1856. Hardcover. 12mo (7.8 in,18.5 cm). xv [xvi], 1-723  [4 ads bound out of order] [2 blank] pp.; illus. C. & p. Holman & Gray printers and stereotypers, N.Y.
First edition: Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) was a travel writer before he became a renowned landscape architect. Olmsted was commissioned by the New York Times to provide unbiased reports on slavery and its economic and social impact. A Journey in the Seaboard Slave States was based on his initial reports during twelve months of travel beginning in 1852. The three resulting books were acclaimed as the most accurate picture of the antebellum South. Olmsted concluded that slavery led to all aspects of suffering in southern society. His writings greatly influenced the free soil doctrines which sought to prevent slavery in the West. As chief executive officer of the U.S. Sanitary Commission which oversaw the American Medical Bureau, Olmsted organized medical services to the Union Army during the Civil War.
Sabin 57242. Howes O 78. Sabin and Howes erroneously call for a map. NAIP #565097. DAB. ANB. Publisher's brown cloth with gilt lettering to spine and double borders around decorative design in blind to front cover. 10 in-text engravings and 7 graphs. Brown coated endpapers. Clear archival protector. Graceful 1857 ownership signature to half-title page. Spine head with short closed tear, top and bottom edges with minor flecks near spine, front pastedown with subtle brief penciling, few page corners carelessly opened not affecting text, leaf 457 margins with two very small open tears as paper flaws. Remarkably well-preserved, tight, and clean first edition. Near fine. Item #1084