Paris: Librairie Guillaumin et Cie, 1890. Hardcover. Ex-libary with stamps to title pages and evidence of stickers removed from spines. Volume I is 588 pages plus large, color fold-out map; Volume II is 619 pages; Volume III is 597 pages; Volume IV is two parts bound together - 244 plus 408 pages. Very Good.
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New York: Henry Bill, 1857. Hardcover. With geographical descriptions of the states and territories, French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, chapters on Central America, California, American presidents, and more. IN GERMAN, printed in Fraktur type. Bound in modern black buckram with no title. Foxed throughout with occasional spots of soiling. Filled with over 300 illustrations. Includes 25 full page color illustrations - the frontispiece is a chromolithograph and the others have been hand colored. Most of the color illustrations depict battles on land and at sea. A page between the contents and the first page of text has been removed leaving a stub - it is text weight paper and may have been dedication page. Includes population tables for each state and county based on the 1850 census. Full marbled edges. 880 pages plus 2 pages of ads. GER/110922. Very Good.
Paris: Morizot, 1862. Hardcover. Includes 40 tinted plates, all present. A French history of the Southwestern U.S. and Native Americans; however, the accuracy has been questioned. Bound in quarter dark green leather over green pebbled cloth covered boards with gilt title and decoration to spine. Rear board is present but detached. Front hinge is starting and is heavily worn. Wear to edges and corners of boards. Browning to silk moire endpapers. Evidence of removed library stamp to title page and margin of frontis; evidence of removed library sticker to foot of spine. Bumping to bottom corners of textblock. Occasional smudge marks / spots of soiling to margins, but very clean overall. Full gilt edges. Bookplate of bibliophile B. George Ulizio to front pastedown. A good candidate for restoration. IN FRENCH. Size: quarto. 608 pages. FRE/083022. Very Good.
New York: Robert Bonner's Sons, 1892. Hardcover. Oliver Dyer was an American journalist, author, teacher, lawyer and stenographer. He developed his own shorthand system which was the first to be adopted for use in the United States. Fortunately, this biography was not published in shorthand. In 1848 he went to Washington, DC as a reporter for the US Senate. There he met many people who knew Jackson well during his Presidency. Dyer wrote this biography and a second book about Jackson, as well as numerous other political biographies and histories. Scarce. 12mo. Brown leather binding. Almost all leather on spine has been worn off. Front and back covers show signs of wear, and all edges are scraped. Stain from restained leather shows on front and back end papers. Previous owner's bookplate on inside front cover, and handwritten name and address on back of frontispiece. Second owner's name on 1st page, and publisher's gift stamp on title page. Pages are browned but clean. 378 pages, including index. AMHIST/082522. Good.
Philadelphia: Luminice Press, 2022. Hardcover. Number 2 of 12 copies. In this powerful new book from the Luminice Press, Thomas and Mary Agnes Williams present a scathing indictment of the erosion of democracy in the United States. The preface states: "In America, we are losing our freedoms, one by one. Clean Air – the freedom to breathe air not polluted with toxins Safety – the freedom to live without fear of deadly guns Women’s Autonomy – the freedom to control their own bodies Voting – the freedom to participate in our democracy We are losing America." The book's text juxtaposes the intent of four congressional acts that guaranteed American protections - clean air, gun control, reproductive rights, and voting rights - with text from the recent Supreme Court opinions that overturned or restricted these protections. The accordion structure of the book offers the text on one side of the pages with the other side offering six panels with striking abstract color illustrations of disappearing water representing democracy's erosion. Bound in a blue and black paper covered boards with a black Washi linen spine. The text is letterpress printed from polymer plates. The six illustrations are original images hand printed on folded panels with 41 pochoir mylar stencils. The book measures 7.25 x 9.25 inches. The illustrated panels are 7 x 17.75 inches unfolded and open to 106.5 inches. In fine condition. ARTSBOOK/110222. Fine.
Ithaca, NY: Mack, Andrus, and Woodruff, 1841. Hardcover. First Edition. The Marquis de Lafayette is a well-known name and a hero to scholars of the American Revolution. The author of this biography claims that although there were many writings about episodes of Lafayette's life, no one had documented his whole life, from birth to death, "in such a plain, economical form as will bring it within the means of all classes of readers to purchase." Small octavo. Dark greyish-blue cloth-covered boards with gilt title and gilt statue of Lafayette on spine. Stamped pattern to front and back covers. Cover is worn through on edges and top and bottom of spine. Gutter of inside front cover is cracked. Heavy foxing on insides of covers and free end papers. Pages are toned, but generally clean, with foxing or stains on some. There is a slight diagonal crease running through the entire page block. 371 pages. FREHIST/082222. Very Good.
London: Printed for A. Strahan, T. Cadell, and W. Davies, 1803. Hardcover. Tenth Edition, which includes the fourth posthumous volume containing the history of Virginia to the year 1688 and of New England to the year 1652. William Robertson (1721 - 1793) was a Scottish historian best known for his History of Scotland and for presiding as Principal over Edinburgh University for thirty years. All volumes are bound in matching full brown marbled leather with titles, volumes, and decoration stamped to spines. Rubbing and fading to gilt and leather on spines, edges, and corners. Bumping to corners. All hinges are cracked with the front boards of Volume I and II nearly detached. Bookplate of George Prevost to front pastedowns of all volumes. Volume I is lacking the title page, but has the half-title and two fold-out maps. A third fold-out map is present in the second volume. All maps have closed tears and appear to have extra creases. Clean interiors. A good reading copy of this set. Volume I has 383 pages with a 20 page catalog of Spanish books and manuscripts; Volume II has 432 pages; Volume III has 435 pages; Volume IV has 418 pages plus one page of ads. AME/091322. Very Good.
Madison: Printed for Private Distribution, 1912. Hardcover. William Vilas was an American politician who served in the United States Senate for the state of Wisconsin from 1891 to 1897. He was a also a Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, a regent of the University, a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, and Postmaster General, and Secretary of the Interior under Grover Cleveland. This volume was prepared after his death for private printing. Contains 12 addresses. # 44 of 100. Large octavo. Brown leather-covered boards with gilt title to front cover and spine, and gilt edging to front and back covers. Cover is heavily scraped at top of front and back covers, and somewhat on spine, with leather worn off at corners. Free front end papers are detached. Pages are bright and clean, with a little browning. 254 pages. AMHIST/082422. Good.