Englishwoman in America
Author: Isabella Bird (1831-1904) was an English traveler who made a remarkable series of journeys at latter half of the 19th century.
Editor: Thomas Philbrick
Publisher/Date: Lakeside Press, RR Donnelley & Sons Co. Chicago. December 2012 t.p. (c. 2012) Originally published in 1856.
Format/Condition: Used turquoise cloth hardcover book with gilt design and lettering and top edge gilt in Near Fine condition: tiny light spot on front cover, barely noticeable. Binding good; textblock strong; pages clean. 372 pages, index. Dimensions: 4 1/4 x 7 inches. Decorated endpapers. Some color illustrations.
Description: In 1856, Isabella Bird published "The Englishwoman in America," the first of what would be many books of her travels around the world. Adopting a tone of aloof bemusement, she describes in detail the hardships and annoyances of her travels by sea from England to Halifax, and on the road to Boston, Cincinnati, and Chicago. The book's 20 chapters are full of keenly observed and entertainingly told stories of pickpockets and luggage thieves, greasy hotels, and Americans who are very polite, but have the unfortunate habit of spitting on the floor. Bird admits to sharing the regrettably prejudiced view the English have of America, but nevertheless finds much to like and admire in this new country bustling with ethnically diverse immigrants full of energy and bravado.
"The Englishwoman in America" is a wonderful travelogue that offers a lively and personal glimpse into mid-nineteenth-century America.
"The Englishwoman in America" is the 110th volume in the Lakeside Press series. The Lakeside Classics is a series of books printed annually, at Christmastime, by RR Donnelley. This tradition was begun in 1903 by Thomas E. Donnelley, son of the founder RR Donnelley & Sons, who was then the company president. He believed that a simple book, dignified and well designed, would be an appropriate Christmas gift for employees and friends of the press. The basic format of these books has remained essentially the same since inception, as a hardcover, cloth wrapped and gold embossed. Every twenty-five years the color of the binding has changed.
Lakeside Classics are the longest, continuously running series of Americana. These volumes are never sold and are only made available to RR Donnelley employees, clients, and others associated with the company. They are only available to collectors and the public on the secondary market.