New York: G.P. Putnam & Col, 1854-1855. Scarce. The first appearance of Israel Potter, Melville’s novel about the Revolutionary War, was published in six parts in Putnam’s Magazine between July 1854 - March 1855. It was published in book form in March 1855. Loosely based on a real person, Israel Potter recounts the life of a young American who fights in the Revolution, is captured at sea by the British Navy, and has a series of adventures in England involving King George III, Benjamin Franklin, John Paul Jones, and Ethan Allen. The work ends sadly, with Potter exiled in poverty in England for fifty years, finally returning to America shortly before his death. The book was a commercial failure in its time but garnered critical appreciation. Volume IV also includes Melville’s “The Lightning-Rod Man.” Both volumes are bound in the original green cloth with embossed designs to covers and gilt titling to spine. Both volumes have a few light stains to the boards, bumped / worn corners, and rubbed cloth, with faded titles to spines. Minor sunning to spines. Wear and minor chipping to book cloth along spine ends, edges, and corners of boards. Interior pages clean overall with browning to some pages. Foxing primarily to first and last few pages; although, there are occasional spots of foxing throughout both volumes. Overall in very good condition. Volume IV: 672 pages; Volume V: 668 pages. PER/031023.
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New York: Harper and Brothers, 1896. Hardcover. Includes the beginning of Twain's "Tom Sawyer" in the August and September issues on pages 344 - 361 and 519 - 537. Bound in three quarter black leather over black cloth covered boards with gilt title and volume number to spine. Minor wear to spine ends and edges of boards. Chip to leather on spine. Browning to edges of a few pages, but clean overall. 972 pages. PER/060619. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1868. Hardcover. A folio bound volume of Harper's Weekly issues for 1868. It is a fascinating compilation of articles, serial novels, news, numerous illustrations, documenting the events in the United States right after the end of the Civil War and notable events around the world. The issues for January 4 through August 8 have the serial publication of Wilkie Collins's wildly popular The Moonstone. In the August and September issues Harper & Brothers advertised their book edition of the novel, the first American edition of this work. There is also much coverage of the country's presidential election that year. Republican General Ulysses S. Grant, victor of the Civil War,ultimately defeated Democrat Horatio Seymour, who was the former governor of New York. There was also coverage of the Andrew Johnson impeachment and trial. There are also many political cartoons, a few with racist subjects. There are 2-3 pages of interesting advertisements at the end of each issue. Bound in black cloth with gilt titling to spine and light wear to corners and spine. Hinges are reinforced with black cloth tape. The interior pages are generally in very good condition with a few closed tears, aging, and minor foxing. The title page of the January 4 issue is missing. Misprinted date on March 4 weekly. A heavy volume requiring extra postage. Folio. 832 pages except for missing pages 1-2. PER/051523. Very Good.