New York: Derby & Jackson, 1856. Hardcover. Illustrated. John Charles Fremont was a major historical figure of the 19th century. He was an important explorer of the far west and famous in Gold Rush history, one of the first two U.S. Senators from California, and a failed Republican presidential candidate. He became rich during the California Gold Rush, although he later lost his fortune. Bound in the embossed original brown cloth boards with gilt title and gilt eagle to spine. Chipping and tears to bookcloth along spine ends, edges of boards, and hinges. Small loss to cloth on rear board. Minor rubbing and soiling to boards and spine. Foxing and toning throughout with occasional spots of soiling. 480 pages. AMER/062322. Very Good.
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Washington DC: Union Office, 1856. Paperback. First Edition. The Whig Party died before the 1856 elections, killed by the Sectional Crisis. Where would the Party faithful go? To Fillmore, the former Whig Vice President, now running on the American [Know-Nothing] ticket? To Buchanan, the candidate of the Democrats, the only remaining national party? Or to Fremont, the first standard-bearer of the new Republican Party? These Maryland Whigs warn their constituents to stay away from the Republicans: "The triumph of sectionalism the death-knell of the Union." Avoidance of "northern or southern fanaticism" requires Whigs to "rebuke sectional fanaticism, and preserve our country ..." The American Party advocates an unseemly religious bigotry and, in any event, Fillmore is a throw-away vote. Lovers of the Union -- like the great Whig Henry Clay, were he alive today -- must therefore vote for Buchanan. Off-white paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Scattered light soiling and foxing throughout, but clean overall. 16 pages. AMER/060722. Very Good.
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons The Knickerbocker Press, n.d. Hardcover. "The unmutilated and correct version." A handsome copy of this edition of Franklin's famous autobiography from the text that John Bigelow had edited for the Collected Edition of Franklin's Works in the 1870s. There is no copyright date for this version although there is an ink ownership inscription dated 1926. Bound in three quarter brown leather with green cloth boards. Gilt titling to spine. Leather is bumped, rubbed, and chipped along spine edges. Green cloth endpapers and t.e.g. Text pages clean. Very good condition. Octavo. 325 pages including index. AMERBIO/040722. Very Good.
Buffalo: Geo. H. Derby and Co., 1849. Hard Cover. John Charles Fremont was a major historical figure of the 19th century. He was an important explorer of the far west and famous in Gold Rush history, one of the first two U.S. Senators from California, and a failed Republican presidential candidate. He became rich during the California Gold Rush, although he later lost his fortune. His writings recounting his explorations were both significant and popular contributions to the growth and development of the country. Bound in original dark brown cloth with gilt title to spine. Minor wear to edges and corners with chipping to book cloth on spine ends. Occasional spots of foxing to interior. Previous owner's penned inscriptions to front free endpapers dated 1858. Includes frontispiece of Fremont and three engraved illustrations. The preface states that there was a map “accompanying” this edition, which is not present. 456 pages. AMERHIST/062322. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Blanchard, 1833. Hardcover. Second American Edition, published the same year as the first edition. "By the author of Cyril Thornton, etc." This is a fascinating and still quite readable account by the novelist and travel writer, Thomas Hamilton, of his journeys in America. He writes extensively about American government, politics, culture, and more. His abhorrence of and hatred of slavery is passionately expressed in his reports on that institution in the states he visited where it is existed. Bound in three quarter brown leather with green marbled paper boards. Leather labels and gilt ornaments to spine. Leather is scuffed, rubbed, and bumped. Spines are chipped. Paper boards show some wear. Pages are generally clean with light foxing to firsts few and last pages. Ownership signature dated 1833 on ffep of Volume I. Very good condition. Measures about 4 x 7 inches. Volume I: 208 pages; Volume II: 204 pages. AMERHIST/040522. Very Good.
[J.R. Jones], n.d. [circa 1897]. Hardcover. Includes Mrs. Eli Gage's Experiences of a Year among the Yukon Mining Camps; Mrs. Schwatka's Recollections of her husband as the Alaskan Pathfinder; Prosaic Side of Gold Hunting, as seen by Joaquin Miller, the Poet of the Sierras. A fascinating guide to and picture of the gold mining fields of Alaska during the gold rush that began in 1896. It includes two folding maps, one in color and numerous photos and illustrations. The maps are in very good condition, with small closed tears to color map along folds. Bound in gold cloth with titling and pictorial illustration to front cover and spine. Covers are worn, soiled,bumped, and chipped. Binding is tight and interior pages are clean. A very good copy. Quarto. 556 pages. TRAVEL/040422. Very Good.
Philadelphia: J. Crissy, 1945. Hardcover. This is an extensive history of Wyoming, a borough in Luzerne county in Pennsylvania. It has a long history with American settlers moving in during the mid-1700s and is remembered for the Wyoming Massacre. On June 30, 1778, British forces, under the command of Colonel John Butler, arrived in the Wyoming Valley to confront the American settlers.] On July 3, the British spotted the American militia near Forty Fort. Butler wanted to lure the Americans away from their fortifications. He ordered for Fort Wintermute to be set ablaze. The Patriots, believing it signified a British retreat, advanced rapidly. British soldiers, with the assistance of about 700 Native Americans, ambushed the oncoming American militia in and around the present-day Exeter and Wyoming. In the end, nearly 300 Wyoming Valley settlers were killed in what would be known as the Wyoming Massacre. On July 4, the American colonel, Nathan Denison, agreed to surrender Forty Fort along with several other posts [Wikipedia] Bound in original brown embossed cloth with gilt titling to spine. Covers are stained, bumped, and creased, with evidence of a spine label having been removed. Hinges are cracked but text block is holding. Dampstaining to lower margins of first 200 or so pages, generally not affecting text. Text pages are browned throughout, not affecting legibility. A few gutters showing where book opened flat. Color and black & white foldout maps are present and in good condition as is one text plate. Contemporary ownership condition. Fair to good minus condition overall. 488 pages plus appendix of 104 pages. AMERSTATEHIS/021622. Fair.
Published for the Editor, 1838. Hardcover. Disbound with front board present, but detached. Heavy wear and chipping to board. Textblock remains bound. Ownership inscription dated 1864 in pen to front free endpaper. Light dampstain to margins, spots of foxing and soiling throughout. Includes poems and cartoons. A good reading copy. 159 pages. AMER/062322. Good.
New York: Derby and Miller, 1864. Hardcover. Campaign biographies from the 1864 election. These were originally issued in paper wrappers. Bound in three quarter leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title, authors, and date to spine. Raised bands and gilt rules to spine. Binding is signed by Tickeman and Co. Minor rubbing to boards and minor wear to edges, bands, and corners. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. Foxing to interior, mostly to first few pages and to margins. Bookplate of Judd Stewart with the motto "Verdad es Verde" and a portrait of Lincoln to front pastedown. Penned gift inscription from Stewart to front endpaper. Includes advertisements but not the original wrappers. Attractive and well preserved. 136 plus 8 pages of ads to rear and 2 pages of ads to front. PRES/062322. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Thomas Parker Williams, 2021. A unique artist's book from this noted book artist. Thomas Parker Williams began creating artists' books in 1998 while also painting. As of 2009 he has limited his art practice exclusively to artists' books. In that year he also began collaborating with his wife, photographer Mary Agnes Williams. In 2013 they started Luminice Press, incorporating letterpress printing into artists' books and broadsides. The artists' books draw on a range of conceptual sources in creating their books, including mathematics, music, literature, theology, philosophy, astronomy, natural sciences, and Eastern thought. Books by Williams or the Luminice Press may be found in over 70 public collections around the country including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A statement by Thomas Parker Williams about this powerful production addressing events during the former president's administration: "In October 2020 I started making what I called “The Date Paintings” about events connected with the Presidential election. Most were made with watercolor, inks and dry pigments in alkyd medium on paper, some adding colored pencil. The eight paintings were created quickly, either on or shortly after the date lettered on the piece. As events progressed, I continued this series, completing the last one on January 13, 2021, the date of Trump’s second impeachment. Thinking about these nine original illustrations at the end of 2021, I decided that they should be bound together. I made a title page with the same materials as the other paintings. The cover, depicting a shattered window, is black paper over Davey board with polycarbonate and paper onlay". In fine condition. Measures 14.2 x 20.5 x 1.0 inches closed. Unpaginated. Fine.