Albany, NY: Joel Munsell's Sons, 1886. Hardcover. First Edition. Published as part of Neill's Series of Virginia History. In his preface the author writes: "The student of the English colonization of America has regretted that there has been so little published upon the development of the Virginia Colony during the Carolan period. With the hope that it might lead to a more intelligent comprehension of the motives, and social surroundings, of the chief men of the era, this work has been prepared." The book provides a straightforward and comprehensive account of the events and men during this period in Virginia's history. Bound in three quarter brown leather with brown marbled paper boards and endpapers. Leather on spine has white spotting, leather also rubbed. Paper covered boards have fraying along edges. Hinges are tender but text block is tight. Text pages show light aging but are otherwise clean. Still nice copy in very good condition. Measures 7 x 9 inches. 446 pages including index. AMERSTATEH/120921. Very Good.
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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.
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.