Ithaca, NY: Mack, Andrus, and Woodruff, 1841. Hardcover. First Edition. The Marquis de Lafayette is a well-known name and a hero to scholars of the American Revolution. The author of this biography claims that although there were many writings about episodes of Lafayette's life, no one had documented his whole life, from birth to death, "in such a plain, economical form as will bring it within the means of all classes of readers to purchase." Small octavo. Dark greyish-blue cloth-covered boards with gilt title and gilt statue of Lafayette on spine. Stamped pattern to front and back covers. Cover is worn through on edges and top and bottom of spine. Gutter of inside front cover is cracked. Heavy foxing on insides of covers and free end papers. Pages are toned, but generally clean, with foxing or stains on some. There is a slight diagonal crease running through the entire page block. 371 pages. FREHIST/082222. Very Good.
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Boston: D Lothrop Company, 1887. Hardcover. Robert Southey was an English poet of the Romantic school and was considered one of the Lake Poets He was poet laureate from 1813 until his death in 1843. He was also a historian and prolific biographer, including biographies of the life and works of John Bunyan, John Wesley, William Cowper, Oliver Cromwell and Horatio Nelson. Octavo. Brown cloth-covered boards with gilt title on red label to spine. Pages are clean, but show toning. Cover shows wear and a few minor stains. Minor foxing to front and back endpapers. Previous owner's label on inside front cover. 433 pages, with book advertisements at end. ENGHIST/081322. Very Good.