Raleigh, NC: T. Loring, 1843. Hardcover. Scarce. These indexes were prepared in response to an 1827 request made by the governor of North Carolina to Arthur Gallatin, the American minister in London, for his assistance in procuring documents held by the English government pertaining to the early history of North Carolina. The detailed indexes are for documents issued from 1663 to 1777. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards and red leather title label. Leather and boards are chipped, scuffed, and stained. Front hinge is cracked but text block is still attached. Scattered foxing throughout not affecting legibility. Ownership label of English banker and politician Richard Biddulph Martin on half title page. A decent copy of this uncommon publication. Octavo. 120 pages. AMERSTATE/071321. Good +.
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London: John Murray, (1844). Hardcover. First edition. George William Featherstonhaugh (1780-1866) was a British-American geologist and geographer. He was one of the proposers of the Albany and Schenectady Railroad and was the first geologist to the US government. He surveyed portions of the Louisiana Purchase for the US government [Wikipedia}. His travels for his assignment took place in the 1830s throughout that vast region. Published in 1844, his report on his expeditions, Excursion Through the Slave States, is remarkable for reasons beyond the geological observations made by its author. Featherstonhaugh attempted to write much of the dialogue with locals in the dialects he observed. "His observations of the state of living of the inhabitants may be the single best picture of the state of society in Arkansas Territory at the time." [Dictionary of Arkansas]. The book is still eminently readable today, with Featherstonhaugh's both serious and humorous observations of society, culture, nature - both flora and fauna - and much more. He offered candid observations on the role of slavery in the early years of the country. Bound in original brown cloth with embossed designs to covers and paper title labels to spines. Spine of Volume I was torn along left side and reattached. Cloth is rubbed, a bit soiled, and lightly bumped. There is evidence that a spine label was removed but there is no other indication that this is ex-library. Bookplate affixed to pastedowns and old ownership signature on ffep. Interior pages are clean and bright. Some gutters visible where books were opened flat. With frontispiece color lithographs, a few text vignettes and a foldout map of the United States. The map has one small crease and a closed tear but is otherwise in very nice condition. With eight pages of publisher advertisements dated April 1844. A very good copy. Octavo. Volume I: 357 pages; Volume II: 394 pages. AMERHIST/052521. Very Good.
Philadelphia: William S. Martien, 1850. Hardcover. Scarce first edition of this Presbyterian history of Virginia. William Henry Foote (1794 – 1869) was an American Presbyterian minister in Virginia and North Carolina. He served as a Confederate chaplain during the American Civil War. He wrote several books about the history of Presbyterians in the American South. Foote received a Doctorate of Divinity (D.D.) from Hampden–Sydney College (H–SC) in 1847. He served on its Board of Trustees from 1851 to 1870, and Board President from 1864 to 1866. While he was at H–SC, he wrote a two-volume history of Presbyterians in Virginia; Sketches of Virginia, Historical and Biographical (1850) and Sketches of Virginia, Historical and Biographical, Second Series (1855). Bound in tan three quarter leather with marbled boards, page edges, and endpapers. Leather is faded, rubbed, and bumped, and paper boards are scuffed. Light scattered foxing and but text remains quite legible. Ownership signature on ffep and apparent acquisition number on next ffep. Very good copy. Measures 5.75 x 9.25 inches. 568 pages. AMERSTATE/050621. Very Good.
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1898. Hardcover. First Edition. Bound in red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Green, gilt, and black illustration of a city scape and acorn motif to spine and front cover. An attractive publisher's binding signed by the designer on front cover "CF". Minor rubbing to gilt on front cover, minor wear to edges and corners, and spine ends. Small hole to cloth on rear joint. Rear hinge is starting. Clean interior overall with a few spots of foxing on early and late pages. Illustrated. A few pages starting to pull away from binding near end. 599 pages plus ads. STA/102021. Very Good.
Washington DC: W.H. Lowdermilk & Co., 1893. Hardcover. First edition. The author explains in her preface that she considers Virginia to be "The Mother of Statesmen," and that she hopes this compilation would lead to the other states of the country creating similar written tributes as part of their shared history. Bound in three quarter brown leather with dark blue cloth covers. Leather is stained and author spine label is missing a piece. A few spots to cloth. Interior pages clean with minimal aging to margins and darkening of top page edges. Bookplate affixed to ffe. Five plates including a fanciful map of the U.S. showing Virginia spanning the country. Very good condition. Quarto. 459 pages. AMERBIO/071421. Very Good.
Paris: G. Masson, Bibliothèque de La Nature, n.d. [circa 1886]. Hardcover. In his preface, the author says that travel to the United States from Paris was now easy and wonders why his fellow citizens don't sail there to see that beautiful country. He notes that the United States does not have monuments of art, or historic sites, but reminds his readers that it is a very young country. The country does display its extraordinary energy and extreme hard work. The traveler will see there the results of their intelligence and see the grand works that they have accomplished. Albert Tissandier (1839 – 1906) was a French architect, aviator, illustrator, editor and archaeologist. He was the brother of adventurer Gaston Tissandier with whom he collaborated in writing the magazine La Nature, a French language scientific journal aimed at the popularization of science. Tissandier was also a passionate writer and traveller. In 1886, he started a long trip around the world in America, subsequently traveling to the East Indies, Ceylon and many other Asian locales, sending his magnificent illustrations back to Paris so they could appear in La Nature [Wikipedia]. This account in French of his travels in the U.S. naturally focuses on what he finds most interesting - engineering achievements such as the Brooklyn Bridge; natural wonders like the canyons of the west and Niagara Falls; and important developments in transportation and manufacturing. His text is accompanied by his wonderful illustrations. There are eight two-page plates, 82 engravings, and two maps. One of the maps shows Tissandier's route across the United States. Bound in half red leather with marbled paper boards. Spine with raised bands, gilt titling and ornaments. Leather is rubbed with wear along edges and paper boards have some chipping and bumping. Interior pages are clean and bright with a bit of foxing to first and last few pages. Very good condition. Measures 6.25 x 10 inches. 298 pages plus page listing plates and maps. TRAVEL/092121. Very Good.
Philadelphia and London: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1922. Hardcover. "This is not a history of Delaware and the Eastern Shore, but rather a delightful interpretation of the rare and somewhat elusive charm of a region distinguished for the variety of its quiet landscapes, the rich freshness of its woodlands, and the unique beauty of its waters" (jacket). Includes 50 illustrations. Uncommon in dust jacket. First Edition. Very good in the original grey cloth boards with black title to spine and front board. Black and blue illustration of a ship to front board. Ownership signature in pen to front pastedown. Browning to first and last few pages. Several splits to interior, but textblock remains attached and pages bound. Bump to head of spine and minor fading to edges of rear board. Short closed tear to bottom of front hinge. Clean and bright overall. In grey dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Browning to spine panel of jacket and chipping, tears, and wear to edges. 330 pages. STA/102021. Very Good / Very Good.