Fort Wayne: The Lincoln National Life Foundation, 1932. Hardcover. Very good in beige cloth backed, maroon paper covered boards with black title to title label on front board and spine. Browning and rubbing to spine. Minor rubbing and scuffing to rear board. Minor bumping to edges. Interior is clean and bright with many illustrations. 93 pages. American Presidential History. PRES/111081. Very Good.
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New York: G.P. Putnam and Co., 1855. Hardcover. First edition, first issue (with Chapter 14 misstated as Chapter 16). Rare in the original binding. This novel was loosely based on a real person. Israel Potter recounts the life of a young American who fights in the Revolution, is captured at sea by the British Navy. and has a series of adventures in England involving King George III, Benjamin Franklin, John Paul Jones, and Ethan Allen. The work ends sadly, with Potter exiled in poverty in England for fifty years, finally returning to America shortly before his death. The book was a commercial failure in its time but garnered critical appreciation. The novel includes vivid portrayals of actual battles and events of the American Revolution such as the Battle of Bunker Hill, George Washington's rousing speeches, and spying missions for Benjamin Franklin. Bound in the original blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and embossed designs to both covers. Head and foot of spine have been expertly repaired with new material added. Darkening to spine. Spots of dampstaining to covers and to margins of most pages, else clean interior. 276 pages. LIT/091218. Very Good.
New York: Dix, Edwards, and Co., 1857. Hardcover. LACKS September issue. Includes Melville's "Piazza Tales: The Islands of the Pacific" on pages 142 - 156. Also includes first appearance of works by Thomas Wentworth Higginson (Going to Mount Katahdin) and Fitz-James O'Brien (The Spider's Eye and The Mezzo-Matti). Bound in three quarter black leather with black cloth covered boards and gilt title to spine. Boards are present but detached. Clear tape to front board. Clean overall with occasional spots of foxing and soiling. Three pages are burnt (probably from a candle) and there is loss to margins and some text on these pages - 367 - 372. A good reading copy. 668 pages. PER/060120. Very Good.
New York: G.P. Putnam & Col, 1854-1855. Scarce. The first appearance of Israel Potter, Melville’s novel about the Revolutionary War, was published in six parts in Putnam’s Magazine between July 1854 - March 1855. It was published in book form in March 1855. Loosely based on a real person, Israel Potter recounts the life of a young American who fights in the Revolution, is captured at sea by the British Navy, and has a series of adventures in England involving King George III, Benjamin Franklin, John Paul Jones, and Ethan Allen. The work ends sadly, with Potter exiled in poverty in England for fifty years, finally returning to America shortly before his death. The book was a commercial failure in its time but garnered critical appreciation. Volume IV also includes Melville’s “The Lightning-Rod Man.” Both volumes are bound in the original green cloth with embossed designs to covers and gilt titling to spine. Volume IV is stained, bumped, and rubbed, with faded gilt design and titling to spine. Remnants of spine label, hole in back cover not affecting interior and small tears to joint. Ownership stamp of D.F. Tillinghast to front and rear pastedowns. Interior pages clean and bright with age darkening to some pages. Covers of Volume V have soiling and bumping. Foxing to endpapers and occasional light foxing to text pages but otherwise clean and bright. Overall in very good condition. Volume IV: 672 pages; Volume V: 668 pages. LIT/.
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1946. Hardcover. 8vo. edited w/ intro. by Richard Schlatter. Black cloth backed pink paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Interior is very clean with bright text. Tight binding. Beige price clipped dj with slight wear to edges. 172 pp. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket.
Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2015. Hardcover. An interesting account of a little-known early foray by Custer into the Black Hills of South Dakota. The author explains that Custer discovered gold, which became an unspoken objective for his later battle against the Sioux. Bound in cream paper boards in cream and red pictorial dustjacket. In fine condition. 336 pages including iindex. AMER/041516. Fine / Fine.
Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2018. Advance Reading Copy. Paperback. ADVANCED UNORRECTED READING COPY. An interesting account of a little-known early foray by Custer into the Black Hills of South Dakota. The author explains that Custer discovered gold, which became an unspoken objective for his later battle against the Sioux. Bound in cream illustrated paper wrappers with maroon title to front wrapper and black title to white spine. In fine condition. 336 pages including iindex. AMER/111417. Fine.
Washington: William A. Davis, 1817. Pamphlet. Very Good pamphlet. In beige paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Wear includes minor browning, a few spots of light foxing, one small open tear to the bottom edge of the 3rd page, and light dampstaining to the margins. Text is bright with four tables. 8 pages. Americana. AME/7262. Very Good.
Harrisburg: Lane S. Hart, 1878. Hardcover. Thin 8vo. Very good in dark brown cloth covered boards with gilt title and illustrations to front board. Minor rubbing and boards and fading to spine. Small spot of soiling to front board. Interior is clean and bright with frontispiece and tissue guard. 51 pages. American History. AMEBIO/031912. Very Good.
New York: Urquhart Press, No date. Pamphlet. No date, circa 1931. Red pamphlet in very good plus condition. Red side stapled paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Interior bright and clean. A study of the economic and social forces that are sweeping away capitalist imperialism. 30 pages. Communism Pamphlet. COM1163. Very Good +.
Albany: Carroll and Cook, Printers, 1844. Pamphlet. Very Good in white paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Appears to have been bound into a book at one point. Minor foxing throughout though text remains bright. Includes tables, one of which is fold out. 56 pp. Americana. AME/10112. Very Good.