New York: Harper and Brothers, 1856.
First American Edition. Hardcover. Very good-. pp xii, (13)-500, in publisher's brown cloth. Boards lightly scuffed, corners rubbed, chipping to cloth at spine ends. Binding sound, text with light foxing. Robinson (Wayward Women, 25-26) described Austrian-born Ida Pfeiffer as "the first full-time woman traveller of all, and one of the very few who never felt the need to qualify her impulse: she travelled because she wanted to see the world, and saw no reason why she shouldn't." On this journey, she arrived in California from the west, visiting the gold regions and the northern coast before departing for South America. After travels in Peru and Ecuador, she arrived in New Orleans, and from there traveled by steamer to St. Louis, St. Paul, Cleveland, and Niagara Falls. Sabin 61342.