Brattleboro, VT: T.P. James, 1873. Hard Cover. A nice copy Dickens’s unfinished last novel, as he died before he could complete it. Bound in the original brick red publisher's cloth with gilt title to spine and front cover. Crease to front cover, wear to corners, fraying to spine ends, rubbing to hinges, fading to spine title, and a few small spots of soiling to front cover. Interior is generally clean with previous ownership signature in pen dated 1885 to front pastedown. 488 pages. LIT/041619. Very Good.
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Philadelphia: John C. Winston Company, (1956). First Edition. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. Turquoise cloth backed tan cloth boards with orange and black title to spine and front board. Minor fading and rolling to spine. Bumping to corners and spine ends. Minor foxing throughout though text remains clean and bright. Illustrations by Joseph Camana. Decorative endpages. Tight binding. 180 pages. MD/032919. Very Good.
Baltimore: Turnbull Brothers, 1874. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. A detailed history of the city beginning with Captain John Smith’s exploration of the Patapsco River and ending with the great Baltimore fire of 1873. As dry as it may sound, The Chronicles not only includes the commonly known timeline of events; it is enhanced with details about the residents, local businesses, plays, fashion, and more. He explains how the Canton neighborhood got its name, cites when the streets were first paved and when wallpaper was first used in Baltimore, and even discusses dental transplant trends. According to Scharf, his research came not only from journals, newspapers, and books, but “from musty records on the brink of decay, from odd places and unexplored corners, which by accident of fire or flood or time’s hard touches, might otherwise have been forever lost to us” (page viii). A noted historian of his day, Scharf (1843 – 1898) was once called “Baltimore’s Venerable Bede”, and his work continues to be of great value due largely to the inclusion of passages from primary source documents. Very good in three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards with red and gilt title label to spine. Minor darkening, chipping and cracking to leather on spine. Minor wear to corners and edges of boards. Clean interior. Full marbled edges with marbled endpapers. Index, 756 pages. BALT/041619. Very Good.