A Journey in the Seaboard Slave States, with Remarks on Their Economy.

Widely-known as a prominent landscape architect, and the designer of New York’s Central Park, Frederick Law Olmsted also wrote three books on his impressions of the south. Commissioned by the editor of the New York Times, Journey in the Seaboard Slave States is the first of these three travels. Olmsted’s trip began in Washington D.C. and proceeded through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

Clark III-482: “Olmsted was a sharp observer, and the book contains a great variety of detail on agriculture, the inefficiency of slave labor ... Dismal Swamp and other physical features, Creoles and wildlife ... Olmsted believed that slaves were not as well fed as American free laborers, and he devoted considerable space to one of his favorite theories, namely, that slavery was a destroyer of self-respect and initiative .... A social thinker as well as a journalist, he worked out and described an interesting plan whereby slaves, through a system of debits and credits, might be given an opportunity to buy their freedom from their masters.”

This edition contains a biographical sketch of Olmsted by his son and an introduction by William P. Trent.

Description: A Journey in the Seaboard Slave States, with Remarks on Their Economy.

New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1904. Two octavo volumes. Frontispiece, [42], 418; [4], 412, [2], pages, top-edge gilt. Bound in publisher’s dark blue navy cloth. 1926 ownership autograph of F. Kingsbury-Bell, a Metropolitan Museum of Art trustee; Very Good.


Work p283. Cf. Blockson Catalogue 9592. cf. Sabin 57242. Howes O-78. Cf. Graff 3096.Cf. Clark III: 482.

Price: $150.00