FOR THOSE WHO “HAVE COME HITHER IN SEARCH OF HEALTH”: SEWALL’S SKETCHES OF ST. AUGUSTINE, FIRST EDITION
SEWALL, Rufus King. Sketches of St. Augustine. With a View of its History and Advantages as a Resort for Invalids. New York: George P. Putnam, 1848. 12mo, original brown cloth. $400.
First edition, with lithographic frontispiece and five plates.
“A brief account of one of the most interesting towns in this country… to meet the wants of those who may desire to learn something of the place in view of a sojourn, or who may already have come hither in search of health.” The frontispiece and plates bear lithographic views of the city. “Most copies of the first edition have pages 39-40 deleted” (Howes S304), as here, because they contained a criticism of Minorcan immigrants’ forced servitude. Allibone, 1999. Eberstadt 110:70. Sabin 79439. Institutional blindstamps and ink deaccession stamps.
Scattered light foxing, small chips to spine ends, light wear to extremities, a few stains to rear board. Very good condition. Scarce.