Books: New Old Book

RETROSPECT OF WESTERN TRAVEL—Harrief Martineau— Harper (2 vols., $4).

To celebrate their first 125 years of publishing Harper & Bros, this week reissued these two neatly bound and boxed volumes by an Englishwoman, whose name, once known to all U.S. literates, has been all but forgotten. Harriet Martineau visited the U.S. only 20 years after the bitter War of 1812, first published in 1838 this account of what she saw. But few books could be more timely. Reason: few Britons have ever seen the U.S. so clearly or reported what they saw with such...

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