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Providence: Sidney S. Rider, 1877. Paperback. SCARCE. Very good in original blue paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Minor chipping and fading to edges. Text is bright. Laid-paper interior is clean but lightly yellowed with age. Paper is slightly brittle. 41 pages. In wraps. Americana. AME/9043. Very Good.
London: John Murray, (1844). Hardcover. First edition. George William Featherstonhaugh (1780-1866) was a British-American geologist and geographer. He was one of the proposers of the Albany and Schenectady Railroad and was the first geologist to the US government. He surveyed portions of the Louisiana Purchase for the US government [Wikipedia}. His travels for his assignment took place in the 1830s throughout that vast region. Published in 1844, his report on his expeditions, Excursion Through the Slave States, is remarkable for reasons beyond the geological observations made by its author. Featherstonhaugh attempted to write much of the dialogue with locals in the dialects he observed. "His observations of the state of living of the inhabitants may be the single best picture of the state of society in Arkansas Territory at the time." [Dictionary of Arkansas]. The book is still eminently readable today, with Featherstonhaugh's both serious and humorous observations of society, culture, nature - both flora and fauna - and much more. He offered candid observations on the role of slavery in the early years of the country. Bound in original brown cloth with embossed designs to covers and paper title labels to spines. Spine of Volume I was torn along left side and reattached. Cloth is rubbed, a bit soiled, and lightly bumped. There is evidence that a spine label was removed but there is no other indication that this is ex-library. Bookplate affixed to pastedowns and old ownership signature on ffep. Interior pages are clean and bright. Some gutters visible where books were opened flat. With frontispiece color lithographs, a few text vignettes and a foldout map of the United States. The map has one small crease and a closed tear but is otherwise in very nice condition. With eight pages of publisher advertisements dated April 1844. A very good copy. Octavo. Volume I: 357 pages; Volume II: 394 pages. AMERHIST/052521. Very Good.
Lanham, MD: Taylor Trade Publishing, (2012). Hardcover. 8vo. Grey cloth covered boards with red title to spine. Pristine interior with several pages of illustrations. Red and black illustrated dust jacket with yellow and black title to front panel and to red spine panel. Index, 331 pages. General American History. AME/110112. Fine in Fine Dust Jacket.
Paris and New York: Goupil & Co. and Charles Scribner's Sons, 1900. Hardcover. Number 376 of 1250 copies of the Memorial Edition. This handsome set provides a renewed understanding of Washington through the author's close examination of his letters and State papers, showing his relations to his contemporaries [Introduction]. Worthington Chauncey Ford (1858 – 1941) was an American historian and editor of a number of collections of documents from early American history. He served in a variety of government positions including as the chief of the Bureau of Statistics for the U.S. Department of State, at the U.S. Department of Treasury, and as chief of the manuscripts division at the Library of Congress. Ford was later the editor of publications of the Massachusetts Historical Society, which had elected him a member in 1900. He served concurrently as Librarian of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. Bound in three quarter red leather with red marbled paper boards. Light wear to edges of covers and spines but still very good. Hinges are tender but interior pages are in near fine condition. Numerous illustrations in both volumes of Washington, his wife, and various luminaries of the time. The end of each chapter has an engraved tailpiece. A slip of paper affixed to each front pastedown offers a note about the book's provenance: "This book belonged to Carl Schurz whose library I acquired September 5th 1924. Paul Steinbrecher." Carl Schurz (1829 – 1906) was a German revolutionary and an American statesman, journalist, and reformer. He immigrated to the United States after the German revolutions of 1848–49 and became a prominent member of the new Republican Party. After serving as a Union general in the American Civil War, he helped found the short-lived Liberal Republican Party and became a prominent advocate of civil service reform. Schurz represented Missouri in the United States Senate and was the 13th United States Secretary of the Interior. Paul Steinbrecher (1878-1937) was a prominent Chicago real estate executive and very active in the Republican party and Chicago civic life. He was known as an avid book collector. A distinguished biography in very good + to near fine condition. Volumes measure 7 x 10.25 inches. Volume I: 303 pages; Volume II: 308 pages including index. PRESIDENT/101321. Near Fine.
Encinitas, CA: Heritage Media Corp. 1998. Hardcover. 2nd edition. 4to. Fine in near fine Illustrated dust jacket. Sunning to spine panel and edge of front panel of dust jacket. Amazing full-color and b&w photographic illustrations throughout; double column text format; index; 396 pp. American State History - California. CA1/11262. Fine in Near Fine DJ.
Philadelphia: McCarty & Davis, 1834. Hardcover. This comprehensive compilation provides a memoir of Benjamin Franklin through his letters and essays on any number of subjects. Volume II also includes much information Franklin's scientific experiments and inventions, with twelve plates offering illustrations. Bound in full tan leather with gilt titling on spine labels. Volumes are chipped, rubbed, and bumped. Marbled endpapers and endpages. Text pages have browning and foxing throughout but are still quite readable and clear. Printed in double columns. Plates are foxed but are legible and intact. The one map of the Atlantic Ocean and the gulf stream extends slightly beyond the page edges. Still a desirable set of this relative scarce work. Volume I: 624 pages; Volume II: 517 pages. AMERBIO/100321. 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.
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1976. Hardcover. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. SCARCE WITH THE DUST JACKET. 8vo. Maroon cloth backed, white paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Minor bumping to bottom corners of boards. Inscription to front free end page reads: "To Richard, Who will, I am certain, make it through midle age with less trouble that the old fellow on the cover is clearly experiencing." White illustrated dust jacket with blue title to front and spine panels. Minor creasing to spine of dust jacket. Index, 164 pages. American History. AME3/4042. Near Fine in Near Fine DJ.
Arkansas State Advisory Committee, 1974. Paperback. Scarce. Thin quarto. This report is based on a two day open meeting in Arkansas with nearly 40 invited participants discussing issues of race. Quotes from participants are included. It addresses issues of black voter suppression, police violence towards African Americans, unequal prison sentences / punishments, harrassment of African Americans by the police, social welfare issues, unemployment of African Americans, etc. Includes case study, a section of findings / recommendations, and appendices with letters/ responses from police chiefs, etc. Green side-stapled paper wrappers with black title to front cover. Pen markings to first page and to front cover, else clean overall. 50 pages. Unfortunately, many of these issues that were documented in the 70s are STILL problems! AFAMER/071620. Very Good.
New York: The Committee of Arrangements. Van Winkle and Wiley, 1814. Paperback. An interesting oration which hails the French royalists and condemns Napoleon. This was published soon after Napoleon's abdication. Original wrappers missing. Signed by previous owner, Mason Williams Esq on title page. Browning to edges of most pages and minor foxing throughout. Text is bright. 23 pages. AME/081408. Very Good.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1872. Hardcover. Good in faded red cloth covered boards. Staining to boards and heavy wear to spine ends. Top corner of front free end page has been torn off. Also writing in pencil and ex-library stamps to front and rear end page. Rear free end page is missing. Rear hinge is detached from text block and front hinge is nearly detached from text block though text is tightly bound and exterior hinges are still strong. Hand painted flower to verso. Light damp stain and blue watercolor mark to title page. Tables throughout. Good candidate for rebinding. 124 pages. 8vo. American History. AME5/1252. Good.
Washington DC: 1832. Hardcover. A 13 issue periodical produced by Duff Green to disuade the public from re-electing President Andrew Jackson. Subscribers paid a total of $5 for these 13 issues in 1832, which would be about $150 today. A thin volume bound in dark brown leather over marbled paper covered boards with small leather corners and gilt title to spine. Heavy wear to hinges, edges of boards, and corners. Ex-library with blacked-out call number on front board. Previous owner's lengthy pen notation to front pastedown regarding the contents. Front free endpaper is present but detached. Originally issued in parts, each number has slightly different condition issues ranging from minor dampstaining to foxing to smudge marks and soiling. Continously paginated, 308 pages (however, pagination shoud be 208 pages - it skips from 200 to 300 in last issue.) AMER/011221. Very Good.
Boston: De Wolfe, Fiske and Company, 1891. Paperback. 8vo. SCARCE. Grey side stappled paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Paper a bit brittle, there are three small chips to front wrapper edge (does not obscure any lettering). Small open tear and 3 small light spots of soiling to rear wrapper. Staples rusted. Damp stain to bottom inside corner of first and last few pages. Text is bright. Map to inside of rear wrapper. 40 pages. American History. AME108291. Very Good.
Chicago: McDonnell Brothers. Hardcover. Folio. Bound in modern matching three quarter black leather over red cloth covered boards with black titles to spines. Inlaid in both covers are pieces from the original cloth bindings with the original gilt title stamps. Small chip to head of spine of second volume. Minor wear to bindings including light wear to spines, edges of boards, and corners. slight fraying to cloth where cloth meets the leather corners. Bookplate to front pastedowns, which appear to be preserved and re-adhered from original binding. The bookplates have been pasted down upside-down with a few water spots. Slight browning and occasional smudge marks to page margins, but clean and bright overall. Remnants of glue to rear pastedowns suggesting that these might be ex-library; however, no other noticeable library markings. Chipping and closed tears to edges of some pages. Large fold-out map in first volume; however, it is currently in several pieces with several large chips. Full marbled edges. An attractive set. 836 pages. AMER/011821. Very Good.
Montpelier: Polands' Steam Printing Establishment, 1869. Paperback. Very good in paper wraps with black title to front wrapper. Small chip to bottom right corner of front two pages. Red number on cover. Minor yellowing though text remains clean and bright. 32 pages. American History. AME/2073. Very Good.
Harrisburg: no publisher stated. 1876. Paperback. Very good- in wraps. Short 5 paged pamphlet. Text occasionally foxed but overall in clean condition. Last two pages detached by present. A memoranda read by Harris, at a meeting of the Hope Fire Company of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to celebrate the American centennial. Simpson was a native of Harrisburg and a Revolutionary War soldier. Terrific source for the Pa. local historian. American Biography. AMEBIO2/2212. Very Good.