“A tall, gaunt, fastidious teetotaller, Featherstonehaugh cut an odd figure on the American frontier. His prejudices against the informality, materialism, and cultural backwardness of Jacksonian America did little to endear him to his hosts; his blatant élitism and bullying of subordinates revealed an arrogant authoritarianism based on unwavering faith in the superiority of the English upper classes. A tory and an Anglican, Featherstonehaugh was a complex man of intense feelings who appreciated the beauty of nature and ably recorded the startling variety of life, including the tragedy of the American Indians. Intelligent, observant, and adventurous, Featherstonehaugh successfully changed careers four times despite terrible setbacks. While he found his most congenial work in his latter years as a consul, his fame rests on his pioneering work in the United States as a geological explorer and publicist.” (ODNB).
First edition. 2 volumes, 8vo., xxix, 357; x, 394pp., 2 lithograph frontispieces, 2 title-page vignettes, folding map (split to fold), 6 illustrations in the text, contemporary polished calf gilt, tan and green morocco labels, raised bands, marbled edges, a fine set.
Provenance: John Clerk Brodie (armorial bookplate).
Stock ID: 85912