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.
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Baltimore: Cushing & Jewett, 1817. Hardcover. Third edition, revised and corrected. Henry Marie Brackenridge (1786-1871) was a writer, lawyer, and U.S. congressman from Pennsylvania. He played an intelligence role during this war and wrote a history of it, first published in 1814. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards and endpapers. Leather is scuffed, worn, and bumped. Decorated spine with red title and author labels. Tender joints and hinges are starting to crack. Top edges gilt. Spot on front pastedown where bookplate was removed. Interior pages have scattered browning and occasional spots but are generally clean. Some pages are roughly cut along the fore-edge. With four plates. About very good. 360 pages. Measures 4.75 x 7.5 inches. MILITARY/102821. Very Good.
Paris and New York: Goupil & Co. and Charles Scribner's Sons, 1900. Hardcover. Number 376 of 1250 copies of the Memorial Edition. This handsome set provides a renewed understanding of Washington through the author's close examination of his letters and State papers, showing his relations to his contemporaries [Introduction]. Worthington Chauncey Ford (1858 – 1941) was an American historian and editor of a number of collections of documents from early American history. He served in a variety of government positions including as the chief of the Bureau of Statistics for the U.S. Department of State, at the U.S. Department of Treasury, and as chief of the manuscripts division at the Library of Congress. Ford was later the editor of publications of the Massachusetts Historical Society, which had elected him a member in 1900. He served concurrently as Librarian of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. Bound in three quarter red leather with red marbled paper boards. Light wear to edges of covers and spines but still very good. Hinges are tender but interior pages are in near fine condition. Numerous illustrations in both volumes of Washington, his wife, and various luminaries of the time. The end of each chapter has an engraved tailpiece. A slip of paper affixed to each front pastedown offers a note about the book's provenance: "This book belonged to Carl Schurz whose library I acquired September 5th 1924. Paul Steinbrecher." Carl Schurz (1829 – 1906) was a German revolutionary and an American statesman, journalist, and reformer. He immigrated to the United States after the German revolutions of 1848–49 and became a prominent member of the new Republican Party. After serving as a Union general in the American Civil War, he helped found the short-lived Liberal Republican Party and became a prominent advocate of civil service reform. Schurz represented Missouri in the United States Senate and was the 13th United States Secretary of the Interior. Paul Steinbrecher (1878-1937) was a prominent Chicago real estate executive and very active in the Republican party and Chicago civic life. He was known as an avid book collector. A distinguished biography in very good + to near fine condition. Volumes measure 7 x 10.25 inches. Volume I: 303 pages; Volume II: 308 pages including index. PRESIDENT/101321. Near Fine.
Philadelphia: McCarty & Davis, 1834. Hardcover. This comprehensive compilation provides a memoir of Benjamin Franklin through his letters and essays on any number of subjects. Volume II also includes much information Franklin's scientific experiments and inventions, with twelve plates offering illustrations. Bound in full tan leather with gilt titling on spine labels. Volumes are chipped, rubbed, and bumped. Marbled endpapers and endpages. Text pages have browning and foxing throughout but are still quite readable and clear. Printed in double columns. Plates are foxed but are legible and intact. The one map of the Atlantic Ocean and the gulf stream extends slightly beyond the page edges. Still a desirable set of this relative scarce work. Volume I: 624 pages; Volume II: 517 pages. AMERBIO/100321. Good +.
New York: T.H. Morrell, 1866-1867. One of 60 copies of the quarto edition. According to penciled notes on the free front endpaper of Volume I, this was the publisher's own copy, with occasional annotations throughout by the author. There are also two letters tipped in from the author to the publisher at page 100 of Volume I. This is a monumental history of New York City theatre by Joseph Ireland (1817-1898). Joseph Norton Ireland, one of the major early historians of the American theater, entered his father's business after graduating from high school in his native New York. Leaving the company in 1855 and retiring to Bridgeport, Connecticut, Ireland devoted the rest of his life to studying and writing about the stage. His history is organized chronologically by theatre season and then by theatre. It compiles a prodigious amount of information about every performance at the major New York theatres, its dates and its cast. He writes about how well the performances and the actors and actresses were received. In addition, Ireland offers detailed personal and professional information about the performers and other important theatrical figures of the time. His comments are entertaining as well as enlightening. He also provides interesting details about the exterior and interior appearance of the important theatres of the time. Ireland's occasional annotations to the text in Morrell's copies appear to be to update information about various performers for later editions of the book. Many are about the deaths of actors that occurred after the book was published. Others offer a more detailed biography, news of a marital separation, or a date correction. Bound by Oldach & Co. in brown leather with spine with raised bands and gilt titling. Leather in corners and along spine is somewhat rubbed and scuffed, particularly on Volume II. Because of the volumes' size, the hinges are weak or partly cracked and have been reinforced with tape along the newer pastedowns and first free endpapers. Interior pages are clean and bright with slightest aging to margins. Overall in very good condition. Volume I: 663 pages; Volume II: 746 pages including index and list of subscribers. Measures 9.5 x 12 x 3 inches. DRAMA/110421.
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 +.
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.
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 -.
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.