Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1856. First Edition. Hardcover. Item #27635
304pp. Modern dark red half calf over marbled boards, spine with four raised bands, lettered and decorated in gold, marbled edges. Signed and inscribed by Thomas G. Cary on the title page: "Mrs. T. G. Cary / with the author's love." Portrait frontispiece. The prefatory note explains that: "In this volume, the Memoir prepared by request for Hunt's Merchants' Magazine has been extended, chiefly by additions, made at the suggestion of several readers, to the extracts from diaries and letters which appeared there, some of them descriptive of the manners of the Asiatics, and of striking occurrences in the French Revolution." Perkins was a prominent Boston merchant, politician and philanthropist who made his first fortune in the China trade. Later on he became the president of the Boston branch of the Bank of the United States. Light foxing to front endpapers and title else a bright, near fine copy. Sabin (11218) cites only a later 1858 edition. ; Octavo; Signed by Author.