New York: Bartram & Lester, 1866. Hardcover. Complete 2-volume set. 8vo. Green blind-embossed pebble-grain cloth over bevel-edged boards with gilt spine lettering and device. 601pp. Very good. Light oval purple inkstamp on each title page of "The Irish World" (New York newspaper, 1870-78); small inoffensive 19th century ownership name inkstamp no occasional lower page margin; text block lightly age toned, with bits of sporadic foxing. Item #43192
A tight, nice second, revised edition of this 1841 study by this American author and diplomat (1815-90) -- popular and controversial as it harshly critiques England's social and labor inequities. Lester clearly reissued the book after the Civil War in order to add a section criticizing England's attempt to aid the Confederate cause. Not in Allan Nevins' "Civil War Books: A Critical Bibliography," although his 1863 "The Light and Dark of the Rebellion" is. Very uncommon.