Baltimore: John B. Piet, 1879. Hardcover. A noted historian of his day, Scharf (1843 – 1898) was once called “Baltimore’s Venerable Bede”, and his work continues to be of great value due largely to the inclusion of passages from primary source documents. Bound in brown cloth boards with gilt titles to spines - except where they have chipped off. Chipping and wear to book cloth along spines. The cloth covering the spine of the third volume is mostly gone and the rear board is nearly detached. The title portion of the spine of volume I has also chipped off. The laid in map in rear pocket of volume III is still present. Occasional pencil underlining. A few loose (but present) signatures. Minor browning to margins and occasional foxing. Lacks frontispiece in volume II. Frontis in volume I is detached but present. Includes many illustrations. This is a good reading copy only of this important work. A great, affordable copy for a researcher. Volume I has 556 pages; Volume II has 635 pages; Volume III has 782 pages plus index. MD/041520. Good.