New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1904.
Later edition. Frontispiece portrait of the author. xl, 418; [iv], 412, [2, ads] pp. 2 vols. 8vo. Original blue cloth, t.e.g. Spine a bit dull, very minor wear at extremities. Ownership signature of James J. Higginson in vol. II. Very good Howes O78 (for first ed.). Item #246161
One of the best objective reports on the region in the antebellum period: Olmstead was not at first an advocate of freeing the slaves, but upon the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation he became one of its most fervant supporters. His biograper, Broadus Mitchell wrote: "Olmstead did what he could to save the pot from boiling over... For passion he sought to substitute thoughtfulness, for raving rationality, and for invective a calm examination of facts and their historical antecedents that should induce tolerance." An early work by the great landscape architect and designer of New York’s Central Park.