Chicago: Curt Teich & Co., 1942. Paperback. A book of views of Washington, D.C. Oblong. Dark blue side-stapled paper wrappers with red title and illustration of the capitol building to front wrapper. Minor wear to edges. Clean and bright. Filled with black and white photos of architecture in DC. STA/032321. Very Good.
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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.
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.
London: Richard Bentley, 1835. Hardcover. An interesting account of Charles Hoffman's trip to what was then America's far west. In his preface, while acknowledging that other writers had described many of the same places. he states that "there is an ever salient freshness in the theme of 'The Far West,' which prevents its becoming trite or tiresome; and as the author believes himself to be the first tourist who has taken a winter view of scenes upon the Indian frontier, he trusts that this circumstance will impart some degree of novelty to his descriptions..." His trip west took him through several states, ending in Missouri in the first volume. Volume II covers his return trip through states farther south, ending his travels in Charlottesville, Virginia. Bound in three quarter brown leather with red and blue marbled paper boards. Leather is scuffed and bumped. Marbled pastedowns and ffep. Volume I has abrasions to marbled paper where bookplate removed. Volume II has part of the bookplate remaining. Both volumes have bookseller ticket for Frank Murray of Derby. Hinges and joints are tender but holding. Interior pages are generally clean and bright. Very good condition. Small octavo volumes. Volume I: 336 pages; Volume II: 340 pages. AMERSTATE/030121. Very Good.
London: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1839. Frederick Marryat (1792 –1848) was a Royal Navy officer, a novelist, and an acquaintance of Charles Dickens. He is noted today as an early pioneer of nautical fiction, particularly for his semi-autobiographical novel Mr Midshipman Easy (1836). He is remembered also for his children's novel The Children of the New Forest (1847), and for a widely used system of maritime flag signalling known as Marryat's Code. Marryat's novels are typical of their time, with concerns of family connections and social status often overshadowing the naval action, but they are interesting as fictional renditions of the author's 25 years' experience at sea. Among those who admired them were Mark Twain, Joseph Conrad, and Ernest Hemingway, and as the first nautical novels, served as models for later works by C. S. Forester and Patrick O'Brian, also set in the time of Nelson and telling of young men rising through the ranks through successes as naval officers. Marryat also published his Diary in America, a travelogue that reflected his criticisms of American culture and society. The book and the author were both subject to acts of violence, including the burning of the book and of Marryat's effigy in public. This is a mixed set with Volumes I and II from Part One and Volume III from Part Second. Bound in handsome black leather bindings with gilt rulings and ornaments, and all edges gilt. Spines are rebacked and leather has some rubbing and light bumping. Interiors are clean and bright. With unusual unidentified bookplates affixed to front pastedowns. Very good condition. Volume I: 321 pages; Volume II: 319 pages; Volume III: 362 pages. 5 x 7.5 inches. AMERH/050521.
Baltimore: Image Publishing Ltd, 1991. Hardcover. Signed and inscribed by the author "Enjoy the Beauty and Freedom of Washington! Roger Miller." Oblong / square shaped. Black paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Filled with color photographic illustrations. Clean and bright. In color illustrated dust jacket with black spine panel titled in white. 144 pages. STA/032321. Fine / Fine.
New York: Robert M. De Witt, Publisher, . Hardcover. An entertaining work written in a series of chapters written in the first person by Captain Mayne, who wrote several earlier books mainly on Native Americans. Nicely rebound in three quarter tan leather with green and brown marbled boards with gilt ornaments and red leather title and author labels to spine. Marbled endpapers. Front hinge is weak. Interior pages are clean and book is in very good condition. 408 pages. AMERHIST/022421. Very Good.
Harrisburg: Telegraph Press, 1936. Paperback. Oblong. Black cloth spine with red, black, and white pictorial paper covers. Creasing to covers. Filled with black and white reproductions of photographs of the 1936 Flood in Pennsylvania from the Telegraph. Each image is captioned. Unpaginated (about 60 pages). Clean. An interesting documentation of this disaster. STA/032321. Very Good.
Columbus, OH: H. Miller, 1862. Hardcover. A later edition of this enormous compendium of everything one might want to know about these areas of the country in the 1850s-60s. Van Tramp writes in detail about the histories of the regions and their peoples, both Native American and the pioneers and settlers who moved in and populated these areas. There are interesting statistical portraits of many of the of the Midwest. Bound in three quarter black leather with black pebbled cloth boards. Leather is scraped and marked. Gilt titling to spine. Interior pages are foxed occasionally throughout. 150-169 have larger brown stains not affecting legibility. Many full page b&w engravings throughout. Just very good minus. Octavo. 640 pages. AMERHIST/030321. Very Good -.
San Francisco: The Grabhorn Press, 1934. Hardcover. One of 550 copies. These historic documents were assembled for this book with an introduction by Douglas S. Watson. The "Plan" and "Junta" have been translated from the Spanish documents by Douglas S. Watson and Thomas Workman Temple II, and the "Diario" of Miguel Costansó follows the translation of Frederick J. Teggert. Includes a facsimile of the original map provided by Henry R. Wagner. Printed in Franciscan type designed by Frederic Goudy for the Press. With two woodcut portraits by Zena Kavin. Bound in original orange and brown patterned paper boards with brown linen spine with orange title label. Spine label is torn as is the top right edge of the spine. Bumped corners and small black line on rear cover. Interior pages are clean with untrimmed edges. Bookplate of Niels P. Thomsen on front pastedown. Very good condition. Measures 8 x 11 inches, 63 pages. PRI/040221. Very Good.