Unirea Brasov, Romania: Institutul Cartografuc, c. 1940. Hardcover. Scarce book for travelers in Romania, written in Romanian, English, French, and German. Laid in is a typed signed letter from Frederick P. Hibbard, First Secretary of the Legation of the United States written in Bucharest in September 1939. Mr. Hibbard writes to certify that Dr. J. H. Janney, an American citizen residing in Iasi, Romania as the director of the Rockerfeller Foundation in that area. The letter describes Dr. Janney's car and states that the car is used in the performance of his duties with the foundation. Attached is what appears to be a visa or permit for Janney to show during his travels. The travel guide includes words used in the legends, captions, and road signs in the four languages, followed by lists of hotels in various cities. There are 34 color regional maps and 17 city maps. Interior has some loose pages, spotting, and signs of use but generally very good condition. Bound in black cloth with titling to spine and front cover. Cover has the title in four languages and an image in white of a tire with the country of Romania as its hubcap. Chipping, rubbing and bumping but still good. Only one copy in OCLC. Octavo. Unpaginated. TRAVEL/091719. Very Good.
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New York: Harper and Brothers, 1847. Hardcover. First American Edition of Melville's second novel. This story is based on Melville's adventures and experiences during his years at sea between 1839-1844. It has been professionally rebacked in handsome dark green leather with gilt titling and elaborate ornaments to spine. The front cover features a gilt ship and embossed decoration. Wear to cloth on edges and corners. Original marbled endpapers. Foxing throughout, but heaviest to first several pages. With frontis map and text illustration. A nice copy of this literary landmark. 389 pages plus two sets of advertisements. LIT/091919. Very Good.