New York: J. Winchester, New World Press, 1844. First Edition. This is an extremely nice copy of Brown's History of Illinois. It is comprehensive and detailed, and despite Howe's description of it as "chronologically the first, intrinsically the worst, history of this state," an important book to have if only for its map. The map was done by J. Calvin Smith and Published by J.H. Colton also in 1844. It is a large and detailed folded map of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan, and Wisconsin. It includes jurisdictions down to the township level, and has charts showing miles between cities and steamboat routes. The map is in beautiful condition, with only one small tear along fold. Bound in publisher's debossed brown cloth with mild bumping and rubbing. The interior pages, unlike in some copies, is bright and clean with light foxing to title page, and free front and rear endpapers. Front free endpaper has glue residue from bookplate and small hole. With bookplate of antique automobile collector W. Emmert Swigart. Very good condition. Octavo. 492 pages plus ten pages of advertisements. AMER/022621.
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1869. Hardcover. Very good in the original purple cloth boards with gilt title and decoration to spine. The front cover includes a gift inscription printed in gilt: "Michael Duane Esq. Compliments of Patrick Lysaght." Several chips to book cloth along the front hinge, fading to spine, bumping to the bottom front corner, and soiling to bottom edge of front board. With many illustrations and several facsimile documents including a large fold-out plan of New York, a fold-out map of New York from 1778, a fold-out view of New York and it's environs, several fold-outs of Central Park, various buildings, and many more. Closed tears along folds of several fold-out illustrations. Some illustrations are printed in color. An attractive copy of this collectible book. 896 pages. NY/022018. Very Good.
Providence: 1842. Hardcover. SCARCE. The first document is the text of the newly adopted state constitution, the state’s first. From 1663 until 1842, the state was governed under the original charter granted to it by King Charles II. After rancorous debate in 1841-1842 over universal suffrage, which included the brief Dorr rebellion, the Freeman’s Constitution was passed by the electorate. Both documents are in very good condition save for some occasional light foxing and aging to pages, and a 3 inch tear to the margin of the last page of the first one, not affecting the text. The second document is a discourse delivered in 1847 by Job Durfee, the Chief Justice of Rhode Island and a prominent figure in the state’s government and politics. In this discourse the Judge provides a proud history of the state and praises it “extravagantly.” Along with the discourse, the document appends a poem by Providence writer Sarah Helen Whitman that was recited to the Society before the Judge’s discourse. Whitman is now perhaps best known for having been romantically involved with Edgar Allan Poe during the couple of years before his death. Their relationship developed after having composed poems to each other. The two documents are bound in a very good red leather binding with gilt ruling along edges and gilt titles to front cover. The front hinge is cracked, and there are light ink marks along the gutter between the first and second documents. 24 pages; 42 pages plus 5 pages AMHIST/072808. Very Good.