Boston: T.B. Wait & Co., 1809. Hardcover. VG 8vo. Rebound in modern green leatherette with gilt title to spine. Foxing, browning to interior though text remains bright. Frontis with original tissue guard. No writing or chipping, interior in nice shape. 519 pp. American Biographical History. AMEBIO/3063. Very Good.
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New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1888. Hardcover. 8vo. Modern rebinding in black leatherette covered boards with gilt title to spine. Marbled edges to pages. Interior is clean and bright with many illustrations throughout including a frontispiece with tissue guard intact. Index, 713 pages. American History. AMEBIO/3043. Near Fine.
New York: Derby & Jackson, 1856. Hardcover. Illustrated. John Charles Fremont was a major historical figure of the 19th century. He was an important explorer of the far west and famous in Gold Rush history, one of the first two U.S. Senators from California, and a failed Republican presidential candidate. He became rich during the California Gold Rush, although he later lost his fortune. Bound in the embossed original brown cloth boards with gilt title and gilt eagle to spine. Chipping and tears to bookcloth along spine ends, edges of boards, and hinges. Small loss to cloth on rear board. Minor rubbing and soiling to boards and spine. Foxing and toning throughout with occasional spots of soiling. 480 pages. AMER/062322. Very Good.
Paperback. SCARCE. Very good- in modern paper wraps with remains of original front cover depicting a young Union Soldier laid down. Illustrated with engravings. Minor browning and chipping to the edges of the first several pages. The author served in the 28th Michigan Infanty. 48 pages. American History. AME6/1282. Very Good.
New York: Biography Press, 1937. Hardcover. Illustrated. First Edition, Limited. Number 54 of 500 copies, signed by the author. "I believe the story of Key's attitude on burning issues of his day will shed some light upon the times in which he lived. In this volume I have brought together, for the first time, all the important utterances of his known public speeches" (preface). Bound in the original navy blue cloth boards. Gilt title has chipped from spine and is mostly rubbed off of front board. Minor sunning to spine. Light foxing to endpapers and first and last few pages, else clean. Slight bubbling to endpapers. Pages are unopened. A thick octavo. 506 pages. AMEBIO/071422. Very Good.
Newark, DE: Press of Kells, 1933. Hardcover. Biography of Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours (1739-1817). Du Pont was a French-American writer, economist, publisher and government official. During the French Revolution, he, his two sons and their families fled France and immigrated to the United States. His son Éleuthère Irénée du Pont was the founder of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company [Wikipedia]. Bound in dark blue pebbled leather with gilt rulings to covers and titling to spines. Some rubbing and light bumping to corners. Illustrations and facsimiles throughout. Ribbon bookmarks. t.e.g. No slipcase. Very good condition. Octavo. Volume I: 179 pages; Volume II: 235 pages including index. AMERBIO/071221. Very Good.
Kennett Square: Longwood Gardens, 2009. Hardcover. Includes DVD. Filled with illustrations. Bound in white paper covered boards with navy blue spine panel titled in gilt. In illustrated dust jacket with navy blue spine panel titled in light blue and white. Clean and bright. Housed in a navy blue cloth slipcase with gilt title to front panel. Minor fading to slipcase. 144 pages. AMBIO/102220. Fine / Fine.
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.
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1938. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. Very good blue cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Minor fading to spine and minor bumping to spine ends and corners. Minor foxing to end pages. Notes in pencil to rear paste down. Else is clean and bright. Index, 672 pages. AMERBIO/031912. Very Good.
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons The Knickerbocker Press, n.d. Hardcover. "The unmutilated and correct version." A handsome copy of this edition of Franklin's famous autobiography from the text that John Bigelow had edited for the Collected Edition of Franklin's Works in the 1870s. There is no copyright date for this version although there is an ink ownership inscription dated 1926. Bound in three quarter brown leather with green cloth boards. Gilt titling to spine. Leather is bumped, rubbed, and chipped along spine edges. Green cloth endpapers and t.e.g. Text pages clean. Very good condition. Octavo. 325 pages including index. AMERBIO/040722. Very Good.
Richmond: The Dietz Press, (1951). Hardcover. 8vo. Scarce. Red cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Else is clean and bright. Blue and white illustrated dust jacket with blue title to front and spine panels. Minor soiling, creasing and edgewear to jacket as well as "Claiborne" and "Hale of Kent" written in faded pen to spine panel. Index, 340 pages. VA/011419. Very Good+ / 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.
Westminster: The Newman Press, 1962. Hardcover. 8vo. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED from Herb O'Conor, Jr. to Victoria Banknell. Blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Minor wear to spine ends and light soiling to boards. Illustrated with clean interior. Index, 580 pages. American Biography. BIO/122305. Very Good.
New York: J.C. Derby, 1855. Hardcover. "The only authentic memoir of him ever published." Illustrated. Sam Houston (1793 - 1763) was a general during the Texas Revolution and served twice as the president of the Republic of Texas. He was also the governor of Texas and Tennessee. In his early life, he ran away from home and lived with the Cherokee Indians for three years. During the war of 1812, he worked under General Andrew Jackson presiding over the removal of Cherokee from Tennessee. Second Edition. Bound in the original brown cloth boards with bronze title to spine. Fading to spine and edges of boards. Tear to spine cloth near foot of spine. Minor wear and chipping to edges of boards and corners. Foxing to interior. Occasional splits to binding and occasional pencil markings to margins. Includes frontis portrait, 3 maps, and several additional illustrations. 402 pages plus 12 pages of ads. AMEBIO/070722. Very Good.
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1938. Hardcover. 12mo. First edition. Very good in very good dust jacket with dark blue title to front panel. Minor fading to edges and spine of dust jacket. Small ex Libris stamp of Lawrnce Spivak on front flyleaf. American History. AME211011. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.
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: Brentano's, 1911. Hardcover. Presentation copy signed by the author "To J.A. Wassermann with affection from his mothers dearest friend Bessie O'Connor. May 13th 1911." Elizabeth Paschal O'Connor (1850 - 1931) was the wife of Tay Pay O'Connor, Irish politician and journalist. She grew up in Texas and published several books including My Beloved South. Bookplate of Edward Wassermann to front pastedown. Very good in original red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Fading to spine and chipping to spine edges. Foxing to endpapers and a few light smudges to text but overall clean and bright. Includes 14 illustrations. Index, 352 pages. USBIO/092013. Very Good.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1925. Hardcover. Very good in maroon cloth covered boards with glt title to front board and to spine. Minor fading to spine and to gilt. A few small spots of discoloration to spine. Interior is clean and bright with frontispiece and tissue guard. American Biographical History. BIO209051. Very Good.