Boston: Bowles and Dearborn, 1829. Three Quarter Leather. First Edition. xv, 256 pp. 8vo. Leather spine is worn and tattered at top; it has been repaired, but gilt title is still legible. There is some clear tape on the cover, and other signs of tape having been removed. Corners bumped and frayed, edges worn, marble paper inset on covers. Ex-library with label on inside front cover, blind embossed on title page, and previous owner's signature on first free endpaper. Preliminary pages and several pages at the end of the book foxed. Very Good.
Abbot was Pastor of the First Church in Beverly, Mass., where he died before the publication of this book. A Harvard graduate, he journeyed to Cuba seeking relief from a "pulmonary condition." His travelogue is a well-written and fascinating look at Cuba in the early 19th Century. His letters home also reflect his deep concern over the dissention in the church in America. Abbot died on his way home from this journey, at the age of 58.