Bruxelles: Société belge de librarie, 1838. Troisième édition. Three volumes, complete. 16mo, later matching brown quarter morocco with marbled boards; spines with four raised bands, ruled, lettered and decorated in gilt; decorative endpapers. (4), 356 + (4), 325, (1) + (4), 348 pages; folding map. Moderate spotting; slight rubbing to bindings. Very good or better. Item #6704
Michel Chevalier (1806–1879) was a contemporary of de Tocqueville, whose 1835 De la démocratie en Amérique remains a classic account of the United States in the early 19th century. Chevalier’s work, while not as famous as de Tocqueville’s, is considered superior in its coverage of economic matters. He traveled through the U.S. from 1833 to 1835, from New England to Louisiana, and his reflections remain of real interest. Chevalier’s work gives considerable attention to the Bank of the United States, and provides commentary on the circulation of coins and paper money in the 1830s. The increase in the circulation of federal coinage since 1834 is discussed, as are the various merits of coin and paper money and how they are used in the U.S., the U.K. and in France. Howes C359. Sabin 12585.