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 it’s 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 -.
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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.
Cincinnati: Robert Clarke & Co., 1868. Hardcover. This scarce item is a reprint of an even scarcer work printed in 1823 at the Buffaloe (VA) Printing Office. The reprint includes an appendix relating to the murder of Logan's family. Bound in three quarter green leather with pebbled green covers. Chipped, abraded, and bumped corners but otherwise nice. Marbled endpapers. Interior pages are in very good condition with unopened pages. Small quarto. 76 pages. AMERHIST/042921. 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.
London: Richard Bentley, 1835. Hardcover. An interesting account of Charles Hoffman's trip to what was then America's far west. In his preface, while acknowledging that other writers had described many of the same places. he states that "there is an ever salient freshness in the theme of 'The Far West,' which prevents its becoming trite or tiresome; and as the author believes himself to be the first tourist who has taken a winter view of scenes upon the Indian frontier, he trusts that this circumstance will impart some degree of novelty to his descriptions..." His trip west took him through several states, ending in Missouri in the first volume. Volume II covers his return trip through states farther south, ending his travels in Charlottesville, Virginia. Bound in three quarter brown leather with red and blue marbled paper boards. Leather is scuffed and bumped. Marbled pastedowns and ffep. Volume I has abrasions to marbled paper where bookplate removed. Volume II has part of the bookplate remaining. Both volumes have bookseller ticket for Frank Murray of Derby. Hinges and joints are tender but holding. Interior pages are generally clean and bright. Very good condition. Small octavo volumes. Volume I: 336 pages; Volume II: 340 pages. AMERSTATE/030121. Very Good.
Philadelphia: G.B. Zieber, 1847. Hardcover. First edition of this rather scarce title. George Lippard (1822-1854) was was a 19th-century American novelist, journalist, playwright, social activist, and labor organizer. He was a popular author in antebellum America. A friend of Edgar Allan Poe, Lippard advocated a socialist political philosophy and sought justice for the working class in his writings. He founded a secret benevolent society, Brotherhood of the Union, investing in it all the trappings of a religion; the society, a precursor to labor organizations, survived until 1994. He authored two principal kinds of stories: Gothic tales about the immorality, horror, vice, and debauchery of large cities, such as The Monks of Monk Hall (1844), reprinted as The Quaker City (1844); and historical fiction of a type called romances, such as Blanche of Brandywine (1846), Legends of Mexico (1847), and the popular Legends of the Revolution (1847). Both kinds of stories, sensational and immensely popular when written, are mostly forgotten today.Many of his stories dealt with the early leaders of the United States, including George Washington and Benedict Arnold. Lippard particularly admired Washington and devoted more pages to him than any other writer of fiction up to that time, though his stories are often sensationalized and immersed in Gothic elements. This work is a series of fictional essays about Washington. Bound in three quarter black leather with green cloth boards. Covers are worn and rubbed and leather corners are worn away on tips. Front joint is partly loose although text block is holding. Interior pages are generally clean and bright. Ownership label on front pastedown of Charles B. Cotten, Private Library No. 503. 538 pages + xxviii page biography of author. LIT/022621. Very Good.
London: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1839. Frederick Marryat (1792 –1848) was a Royal Navy officer, a novelist, and an acquaintance of Charles Dickens. He is noted today as an early pioneer of nautical fiction, particularly for his semi-autobiographical novel Mr Midshipman Easy (1836). He is remembered also for his children's novel The Children of the New Forest (1847), and for a widely used system of maritime flag signalling known as Marryat's Code. Marryat's novels are typical of their time, with concerns of family connections and social status often overshadowing the naval action, but they are interesting as fictional renditions of the author's 25 years' experience at sea. Among those who admired them were Mark Twain, Joseph Conrad, and Ernest Hemingway, and as the first nautical novels, served as models for later works by C. S. Forester and Patrick O'Brian, also set in the time of Nelson and telling of young men rising through the ranks through successes as naval officers. Marryat also published his Diary in America, a travelogue that reflected his criticisms of American culture and society. The book and the author were both subject to acts of violence, including the burning of the book and of Marryat's effigy in public. This is a mixed set with Volumes I and II from Part One and Volume III from Part Second. Bound in handsome black leather bindings with gilt rulings and ornaments, and all edges gilt. Spines are rebacked and leather has some rubbing and light bumping. Interiors are clean and bright. With unusual unidentified bookplates affixed to front pastedowns. Very good condition. Volume I: 321 pages; Volume II: 319 pages; Volume III: 362 pages. 5 x 7.5 inches. AMERH/050521.
Mt. Tremper, NY: Maureen Cummins, 2021. Number 15 of 30 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. Maureen Cummins's artists' books often address societal, cultural, and gender issues. In this forceful new work she confronts the issues of systemic discrimination and police brutality against African-American citizens. From the prospectus: She began this project about the 1967 Newark racial protests in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests across the country - the Newark events offering a surreal parallel to the racism of our time. The events in Newark that Cummins set out to document arose out of decades of discrimination— in housing, education, and government, not to mention long-standing police brutality—all of which culminated on the night of July 12, 1963. When a black cabby, John Smith, was seen dragged into police custody and rumored to be dead, an angry crowd of residents gathered outside the precinct, and violence broke out. What followed was five days of mayhem—businesses looted, buildings in flames, and crossfire from multiple armed forces—that left 26 people dead and hundreds injured. Narrative in Black and White reads as history, memoir, current events, and cautionary tale. The text of the book is comprised of ten stories, most of them a chorus of voices, many dramatically different . On facing pages, images of events transpiring on the ground are viewed through cutout openings within quiet-seeming domestic scenes. In this way, two realities are depicted: black and white, “high” and “low,” the protected and the targeted. Within the pages of the book, which mimic newspaper stories and photos, the artist uses color to comment on color: while the white characters are foregrounded and printed in bold black ink, the black characters are viewed from afar—ghostly, barely there, an allusion to Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man.” A closer read of both sets of photos, however, reveals a more nuanced and parallel story: the double meaning behind the phrase “domestic unrest.” Housed in a graphic board slipcase with text mimicking newspaper articles on the cover. All text and imagery in Newark 1967: A Narrative in Black and White was silkscreen- printed onto Schaeffer Graphic Board, with laser cuts by Sarah Pike of Freefall Laser. The book was bound by Lisa Hersey using hand-dyed Yukyushi paper for spine-lining and hinges. Period photographs of Cummins and her family are from the artist’s personal collection. Original press photographs have been reproduced by kind permission of the Associated Press and The Newark Star Ledger. In fine condition. The book contains 22 pages, Measures 10 x 12 x 1 inches. 22 pages. fine.
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: Robert M. De Witt, Publisher, . Hardcover. An entertaining work written in a series of chapters written in the first person by Captain Mayne, who wrote several earlier books mainly on Native Americans. Nicely rebound in three quarter tan leather with green and brown marbled boards with gilt ornaments and red leather title and author labels to spine. Marbled endpapers. Front hinge is weak. Interior pages are clean and book is in very good condition. 408 pages. AMERHIST/022421. Very Good.
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 -.
Columbus, OH: H. Miller, 1862. Hardcover. A later edition of this enormous compendium of everything one might want to know about these areas of the country in the 1850s-60s. Van Tramp writes in detail about the histories of the regions and their peoples, both Native American and the pioneers and settlers who moved in and populated these areas. There are interesting statistical portraits of many of the of the Midwest. Bound in three quarter black leather with black pebbled cloth boards. Leather is scraped and marked. Gilt titling to spine. Interior pages are foxed occasionally throughout. 150-169 have larger brown stains not affecting legibility. Many full page b&w engravings throughout. Just very good minus. Octavo. 640 pages. AMERHIST/030321. Very Good -.