First edition of Reverend William Wyndham Malet’s, An Errand To The South In The Summer of 1862, published in London.
Twelvemo, viii, 312pp. Publisher’s brown cloth, title in gilt on spine, gilt decorative border on cover. Frontispiece portrait with tissue cover. Some toning and fraying of cloth on spine. Housed in contemporary cloth slipcase. Previous ownership tag on front endpaper. (Howes M237) (Sabin 44118) Only three copies appeared at auction in the last 100 years. An exceptionally scarce view of the United States, during the height of the Civil War.
If he could have foreseen it, he would not have have accepted the office of President – Abraham Lincoln to the author, as Rev. Malet visited with Secretary Seward and Lincoln at the White House.