Philadelphia: Hopkins and Earle, 1808. Hardcover. First edition of this contemporary account of the famous treason trial of Aaron Burr, for which he was found not guilty. Two volumes bound in full brown leather with red title labels and black volume numbers to spine. Leather is scuffed, abraded, bumped, and worn. Joints are tender but text block is tight. It appears that there were small labels on the front covers at some point, and there are debossed library stamps on title pages. Volume I title page also has library deaccession stamp. Bookplate of Wight on front pastedowns.Tear to rear free endpaper in Volume II. Interior pages have offsetting, scattered browning and foxing, but still quite legible. Not quite very good but still a nice copy of this important historical work. Octavo. Volume I: 596 pages; Volume II: 539 pages. AMERHIST/051921. Very Good -.
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Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1928. Hardcover. Number 4 of the 1000 copies of the Manuscript Edition, printed at the Riverside Press in Cambridge, MA. This is a compelling and detailed biography of Abraham Lincoln. The preface describes the rigorous and painstaking research conducted by the author for the book. Albert Jeremiah Beveridge (1862 – 1927) was an American historian and US senator from Indiana. He was an intellectual leader of the Progressive Era and a biographer of Chief Justice John Marshall and President Abraham Lincoln. As his political career was coming to a close in 1922, Beveridge dedicated his time to writing historical literature. His four-volume set The Life of John Marshall, published in 1916–1919, won Beveridge a Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography and connected events in John Marshall's life with his later rulings on the US Supreme Court. Beveridge spent most of his final years writing a four-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln, but it was only half-finished at his death and posthumously published in 1928 as Abraham Lincoln, 1809–1858. It stripped away the myths and revealed a complex and imperfect politician [Wikipedia]. Beautifully bound in full leather with elaborate gilt tooling to covers and gilt titling and ornaments to spines. The spines have darkened and there are some remnants of a call number having been printed at the spine base. There are no other indications that this is ex-library. Some scuffing along bottom edges of covers. The volumes also have some fading along edges. Volume I has light stain on front cover. Top edges gilt. Other edges not trimmed. Volume IV has small tears along fore-edges of pages 313-316 where book was poorly opened. The volumes have beautiful green and red leather doublures with gilt designs and rulings. The front doublures have a few light marks while the rear ones are near fine. The free endpapers facing the doublures are covered in grey silk. The back of the silk covered page in Volume I has small tears along gutter.Text pages are clean and bright. With 36 illustrations plus four color frontispieces with Washington DC scenes. Volume I has a page from Beveridge's original manuscript tipped in. A lovely set of this important biography in very good condition. Octavos. Volume I: xxvi, 297 pages; Volume II: 310 pages; Volume III: 361 pages; Volume IV: 381 pages including index. PRESHIST/080221. Very Good.
Paris: Chez Favre, . Hardcover. An early French history of the American Revolution, published just two years after the French Revolution ended, by two French citizens and historians. The work inevitably compares the two revolutions. Interesting documents in the Founders Archive at the National Archives show that Jean Chas and Thomas Jefferson exchanged correspondence regarding the book. Chas wrote that he met Jefferson when he was the ambassador to France and showed Jefferson the manuscript for the book, and was now honored to send him a copy. Jefferson wrote back to thank him, saying "It is a happy circumstance for our country that its fortunes interest the eloquent writers of your country and through them find their way to the notice of the world. the scenes through which we have past were worthy of your pen, inasmuch as to they presented to mankind the first example in Modern times of a people asserting successfully the right of self government, and establishing that government among themselves by common consent." Chas and Lebrun dedicated the book to the then First Consul, Napoleon. Bound in contemporary full brown leather with gilt decoration to spine and red spine label. Leather is chipped, torn, abraded and rubbed. The joints have pulled away a bit to reveal the binding cords. Hinges also weak. Interior pages generally clean with inkspot to fore edge, ownership signatures to half title and ffep. Bookplate of William Sheffield, probably the U.S. Representative and Senator from Rhode Island in the mid to late 1800s. Binding good, contents in very good condition. Small octavo. 458 pages plus one page advertisement. AMERH/050621. Very GoodVery 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.
New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1846. Hardcover. Reprinted from the original copy issued in wraps by the Senate in 1845 (Howes F370). Issued without maps or plates. This is the stirring account of Fremont's early explorations. John C. Frémont,(1813- 1890) was an American military officer and an early explorer and mapmaker of the American West, who was one of the principal figures in opening up that region to settlement and was instrumental in the U.S. conquest and development of California. He was also a politician who ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. presidency in 1856 as the first candidate of the newly formed Republican Party. Bound in contemporary black cloth with debossed design to covers and gilt titling to spine. Binding is bumped and soiled. Interior pages generally very good with scattered foxing throughout. Pencil notes on rear free endpaper. A nice copy. Octavo. 186 pages plus 6 pages of publisher advertisements. TRAVEL/032931. Very Good.
Albany: Joel Munsell, 1867. Hardcover. According to Howes M-451 this is an enlarged and slightly altered edition of Mayer's original work published in Baltimore in 1851. It refutes Thomas Jefferson's accusations against Cresap, whom Mayer calls. a patriotic Marylander. Bound in three-quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. Leather is chipped, bumped and worn with wear along joints. Spine label missing. Paper boards are faded and scuffed. Marbled front endpaper and first few blank endpapers are loose and title page is partially torn away from binding. Interior pages are clean and tight. Good plus. Quarto. 204 pages plus errata slip. AMERHIST/081721. Good +.
Amereon House, 1995. Hardcover. Second edition, revised. Signed by the author and dated 2004. "A ground breaking book about the history of the American flag and its origins in the secret intelligence and communication network developed by the colonists during the American Revolution" (jacket). Blue leatherette boards with silver title to spine and front cover. Clean and bright. In white dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. 182 pages. AMER/042221. Fine / Fine.
New York: Collins and Hannay, 1825. Hardcover. First Edition. Scarce. Henry Rowe Schoolcraft (1793 –1864) was an American geographer, geologist, and ethnologist, noted for his early studies of Native American cultures, as well as for his 1832 expedition to the source of the Mississippi River. In this earlier work, Schoolcraft describes a trip with General Cass, via the Wabash and Ohio Rivers to Illinois and Missouri, returning by the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers to Peoria and Chicago [Howes S193]. He writes extensively about the Native American tribes of the region. Bound in three quarter red leather with giilt titling and with marbled paper boards. Leather is scuffed, rubbed, and bumped. Marbled paper covers are scuffed as well. Indication that there was library label to spine and label removed from rear free endpaper. No other ex-library signs. Text pages are browned with scattered foxing, not affecting legibility. With two fold out maps, one of the area traveled and the other a color plate with a geological sketch of the lead mines. Both have a section separated along one of the folds. Both detached sections are laid in. There are also plates of Mt. Joliet, Fossil footprints, and Rock Fort. A prevous owner, Edward W. West stamped the title page and the back of the maps with his name. Not quite very good but a nice copy. Octavo. 459 pages. TRAVEL/051021. Very Good -.
New York: Lane and Tippett, 1848. Hardcover. A later printing of this popular narrative about Spencer's capture by Indians while still a boy. First published in 1835 (Howes S-835). Bound in three quarter black leather with brown and black marbled paper boards. Gilt titling to spine. Leather is rubbed, bumped, chipped. Boards have brown stains where spine label was attached. Interior pages are very good with scattered foxing and occasional pencil lines in margins to highlight text passages. With four full page plates and text vignettes. A nice copy of this classic. Measures 4 x 6 inches. 160 pages. AMERHIST/052421. Very Good.
Philadelphia and Chicago: National Publishing Company and Ziegler, McCurdy & Co., [1868 and 1870]. Hardcover. First editions. Alexander Hamilton Stephens[a] (1812 – 1883) was an American politician who served as the vice president of the Confederate States from 1861 to 1865, and later as the 50th governor of Georgia from 1882 until his death in 1883. A member of the Democratic Party, he represented the state of Georgia in the United States House of Representatives before the Civil War and before becoming governor. The Howes bibliography describes this book as the "most elaborate - and best - argument for the constitutional validity of the doctrine of state sovereignty and the right of succession." Stephens was a supporter of the institution of slavery but initially opposed breaking up the union. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. Black title and author labels to spines. Leather is scraped, rubbed, and worn as are the paper boards. Evidence of round spine labels and signout forms on rear pastedowns having been removed. Scattered foxing throughout Volume I; Volume II is cleaner and brighter. Offsetting from the engravings in both volumes. A few margin notes in Volume II. Engravings include Liberty Hall, Jefferson, Washington, Andrew Jackson, Stephens, Stephen Douglas, Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Lee, and Grant. A few ink notations on endpapers, bookplate and ownership signature of Dr. W.J. Murrell. Very good minus. Octavos. Volume I: 827 pages plus 4 pages of publisher ads; Volume II: 654 pages plus 3 pages with solicitations for hiring publisher agents. CIVILW/091021. Very Good -.