Around the world: sketches of travel through many lands and over many seas. By E. D. G. Prime, D. D. With numerous illustrations. EDWARD DORR GRIFFIN PRIME.
Around the world: sketches of travel through many lands and over many seas. By E. D. G. Prime, D. D. With numerous illustrations.

Around the world: sketches of travel through many lands and over many seas. By E. D. G. Prime, D. D. With numerous illustrations. New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, Franklin Square, 1872. 20.5x13 cm, pp. [i-vii] viii-x [xi] x-xvi [17] 18-455 [456: blank] [1] 2-6: ads [7-8: blank], flyleaves at front and rear, illustrations, original bevel-edged green cloth, front panel stamped in gold and black, spine panel stamped in gold, rear panel stamped in black, brown coated endpapers. First U.S. edition. The U.S. edition and the Sampson Low, Marston, Low & Searle edition published in London, also in 1872, were probably printed from the same plates. "Edward Dorr Griffin Prime (1814–1891) was an American clergyman and journalist. He was born at Cambridge, N. Y., and graduated from Union College in 1832. He graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1838 and had pastorates at Scotchtown, N. Y. and New York City. In 1853 he became substitute editor of the New York Observer, while his brother Samuel Irenæus Prime, was in Europe. Afterward the two were associated until 1885. Edward Prime continued to edit the paper for a year after his brother's death. He traveled much abroad, spent the winter of 1854–1855 in Rome, and made a journey round the world in 1869–1870 to study religious conditions in Eastern countries" (Wikipedia). "Long a leading though unobtrusive Presbyterian minister and journalist, he was a man of sound judgment and information who wrote with ease and force" (DAB). Prime's travel memoir, focused on the Far East and Middle East, includes his observations while traveling in America, including a visit to Great Salt Lake (Prime characterizes Mormonism as "a system of love of power, avarice, and lust") and, in August 1869, a two-week trip to the Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees, pp. 46-68. The trip into the Valley, by the northern route, includes a detailed description of Mrs. Gobin's hospitality at Crane Flat. The Colfax party is encountered at Leidig's (in the midst of "a sort of barbecue"), and the weary traveler finally arrives at "the celebrated but not very splendid house of Mr. J. M. Hutchings" ... a "welcome" but "rude hotel." The standard points of interest are viewed: Mirror Lake and Vernal and Nevada Falls. Prime returned to San Francisco by the southern route. He found the Sequoia gigantea satisfying but disappointing. Prime's journey around the world was commemorated in this book and in numerous articles printed in the Observer. Flake 6757. Not in Cowan (1933) or Rocq (1970). Private library label of William Melanchthon Johnson affixed to the front paste-down. Albany, New York bookseller's ticket affixed to rear paste-down. Covers worn with slight fraying to spine ends and wear to corner tips; text block generally clean, tight inner hinges, very good overall. (#166387).

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