William S. Seward’s Travels Around the World (1873) – 200 Illustrations

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Seward, Olive Risley (ed.). William S. Seward’s Travels Around the World. (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1873)

Octavo. xii, 730 pages plus 6 page catalog.  200 illustrations.  Hardcover, Bound in half leather with marbled paper boards. Stamped in gilt on spine and edges of leather. All edges marbled.

Condition: VG with minor rubbing to boards.  Light bumping to corners. Frontispiece shows a tide mark.

William Henry Seward (May 16, 1801 – October 10, 1872) was United States Secretary of State from 1861 to 1869, and earlier served as governor of New York and United States Senator. A determined opponent of the spread of slavery in the years leading up to the American Civil War, he was a prominent figure in the Republican Party in its formative years, and was praised for his work on behalf of the Union as Secretary of State during the Civil War. – Wikipedia

(Seward was instrumental in the acquisition of Alaska for the United States and was a proponent of the acquisition of what was to become the US Virgin Islands from Denmark.)

…Seward began his memoirs, but only reached his thirties before putting it aside to write of his travels. In these months he was steadily growing weaker. On October 10, 1872, he worked at his desk in the morning as usual, then complained of trouble breathing. Seward grew worse during the day, as his family gathered around him. Asked if he had any final words, he said, “Love one another.” Seward died that afternoon. – Wikipedia