Wheeling, WV: H. Hoblitzell, 1851. Hardcover. This interesting work was described in Howes as a "Valuable compilation based on reliable sources" Howes D223. In addition to relating the history, the author also provides biographical sketches of those he terms "distinguished actors in our border wars" such as Col. Ebenezer Zane, General Andrew Lewis, General Daniel Brodhead, Captain Samuel Brady and more. Bound in original publisher's green cloth binding with gilt vignette of a Native American scalping a man. Debossed cloth designs, gilt titling to spine. Binding is bumped, rubbed, with a few light stains. Interior pages generally clean with brown spots occasionally to pages. With frontispiece illustration, three plates and one fold-out. With former owner bookplate to front pastedown, random black number and letters to free endpaper, and ownership signature of John A Wharton, Liberty VA, 1852. A desirable copy of this history. Octavo. 416 pages. AMERH/032621. Very Good.
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Chicago: McDonnell Brothers. Hardcover. Folio. Bound in modern matching three quarter black leather over red cloth covered boards with black titles to spines. Inlaid in both covers are pieces from the original cloth bindings with the original gilt title stamps. Small chip to head of spine of second volume. Minor wear to bindings including light wear to spines, edges of boards, and corners. slight fraying to cloth where cloth meets the leather corners. Bookplate to front pastedowns, which appear to be preserved and re-adhered from original binding. The bookplates have been pasted down upside-down with a few water spots. Slight browning and occasional smudge marks to page margins, but clean and bright overall. Remnants of glue to rear pastedowns suggesting that these might be ex-library; however, no other noticeable library markings. Chipping and closed tears to edges of some pages. Large fold-out map in first volume; however, it is currently in several pieces with several large chips. Full marbled edges. An attractive set. 836 pages. AMER/011821. Very Good.
Boston: Oliver Ditson, 1861. Paperback. This is an early edition of the Star Spangled Banner, part of a collection of national songs, the others being Hail Columbia, Yankee Doodle, America, and the Marseilles Hymn. The cover sheet has a lithograph illustration of the crossed flags of the United States and France. In 1861, because of his indignation over the Civil War, a fifth verse was written by Oliver Wendell Holmes. In it he writes of a foe from within that strikes a blow at her glory and down with the traitor that dares to defile the flag. The song did not become America's "Official Song" until 1889, but it was not officially adopted as the nation's anthem until 1931. In good only condition. The pages are separated, tattered at the edges, and has light water stains not affecting the readability. Still a nice copy of this scarce item. MUS/081811. Good.
Philadelphia: Thomas Parker Williams, 2021. A unique artist's book from this noted book artist. Thomas Parker Williams began creating artists' books in 1998 while also painting. As of 2009 he has limited his art practice exclusively to artists' books. In that year he also began collaborating with his wife, photographer Mary Agnes Williams. In 2013 they started Luminice Press, incorporating letterpress printing into artists' books and broadsides. The artists' books draw on a range of conceptual sources in creating their books, including mathematics, music, literature, theology, philosophy, astronomy, natural sciences, and Eastern thought. Books by Williams or the Luminice Press may be found in over 70 public collections around the country including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A statement by Thomas Parker Williams about this powerful production addressing events during the former president's administration: "In October 2020 I started making what I called “The Date Paintings” about events connected with the Presidential election. Most were made with watercolor, inks and dry pigments in alkyd medium on paper, some adding colored pencil. The eight paintings were created quickly, either on or shortly after the date lettered on the piece. As events progressed, I continued this series, completing the last one on January 13, 2021, the date of Trump’s second impeachment. Thinking about these nine original illustrations at the end of 2021, I decided that they should be bound together. I made a title page with the same materials as the other paintings. The cover, depicting a shattered window, is black paper over Davey board with polycarbonate and paper onlay". In fine condition. Measures 14.2 x 20.5 x 1.0 inches closed. Unpaginated. Fine.