Travels in America, performed in 1806, for the purpose of exploring the rivers Alleghany, Monongahela, Ohio, and Mississippi, and ascertaining the produce and condition of their banks and vicinity

London: Richard Phillips, 1808. First edition, 3 volumes, 12mo, pp. iv, 328; 292, [2]; 310, [2]; contemporary three quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt-lettered spines, all edges marbled; ex-Hill Library with usual markings, edges and corners quite rubbed, hinges starting to weaken; first few leaves of each volume foxed, previous bookseller's ticket on front pastedowns, else interiors very good. From a contemporary review quoted by Sabin 2180: "An unmeasured hatred of the Americans pervades the whole of Mr. Ashe's narrative. His account of the Atlantic States forms the most comprehensive piece of national abuse we ever recollect to have perused. Their inhabitants it seems are all abominably vicious; but in degrees very nicely distinguished; the middle states being bad--the northern very bad--and the southern execrable." And, in a similar vein: "Interesting in spite of its snarling asperity and numerous lies" (Howes A352). Item #41412

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