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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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.
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.
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. There is a gold sticker to the front of the jacket "Autographed Copy by Roger Miller." 144 pages. STA/032321. Fine / Fine.
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.
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.