New York: Harper & Brothers, 1863.
First edition, first issue with "about" repeated on page 34, line 6. 337p, 10p ads. Publisher's embossed brown cloth with gilt spine titles. Small fray to crown and outer corners, a nice copy, tight and rather bright. Item #20789
"She had a profound antipathy for slavery before the visit, but her first-hand experiences with the 'peculiar institution' intensified her prejudice, a prejudice which was further complicated by growing difficulties with her slave owning husband. The actress, however, possessed an intense curiosity about the subject, and she kept a day by day account of what she saw of the Negroes in Georgia. Her Journal of a Residence... was put in the form of letters addressed to a New England friend, Elizabeth Dwight Sedgwick, but it was not published until the middle of the Civil War. It was then printed, according to Kemble, to counteract the pro-Southern sentiments of the English aristocracy. This book portrays the mistreatment of the unfortunate blacks and describes in minute detail the clothing, medical care, illiteracy, diseases, food, religious life, and difficulties of the slaves, especially those of the Negro women." Clark III, 187.
Howes K70; Sabin 37329; Blockson 9586.