London: Baskerville, John for J. And R. Tonson, 1761. Leather. First. 4 vols. 525, 538, 555, 579 pp. 3 b/w plates first vol, full page plates of medals. Lacking frontis portrait. Leather bindings were once elegant with gilt and interior dentells. Now detached with spines missing. Marbled eps have stickers from Eton College and a personal bookplate sans name. Contents are clean and tight for the most part. Vol. 3 has a lower margin water stain near middle of book. Baskerville was an important printer, and this is a lovely example of his early work. A whisper of age to the laid stock, but a wonderful candidate for the binder. Internally VG.
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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1839. Brown Cloth. As. 320 pp. B/w frontis. portrait. Brown cover is soiled. Corners bumped. Bookworm holes in spine hinges. Bright gilt lettering on spine "The Family Library No. 65" in embellished box. Ffep has ink signature. Stamped signature on title page and verso frontis. Binding tight. Minimal foxing throughout. Another in the Harper Family Series focusing on education, history and social sciences. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1839. Hardcover. 320 pp. 16mo. B/w frontis. portrait. Brown cover is soiled. Corners bumped. Bookworm holes in spine hinges. Bright gilt lettering on spine, "The Family Library No. 65," in embellished box. Ffep has ink signature. Stamped signature on title page and verso frontis. Binding tight. Minimal foxing throughout. Another in the Harper Family Series focusing on education, history and social sciences. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Carey, 1828. Paper. 146 pp. Subtitle, " The Speech of Henry Brougham, Esq., M.P. in the House of Commons, on Thursday, February 7th 1828, on His Motion That an Humble Address be Presented to His Majesty Praying That He Will Graciously be Pleased to Issue a Commission for Inquiring Into the Defects Occasioned by Time and Otherwise in the Laws of This Realm, and Into the Measures Necessary for Removing the Same." Pasted-on paper label on front cover reads, "Mr. Brougham's Speech on the Present State of the Law." Previous owner's name, in ink, in upper right hand corner of front cover and half title page. Covers are aged, soiled worn along extremities. Small ink doodle near bottom edge of rear...
Troy, N.Y. The Rensselaer Book-Store, 1806. Full Leather. First Edition. First American Edition. 286 pp. "With annotations and a complete index." Printed and sold at the Rensselaer Book-Store by Wright, Goodenow, & Stockwell. Full calf cover has only minor scuffing. Corners bumped. Gilt-banded spine has dark red title block w/gilt lettering. Slightest wear to spine ends and hinges. A bookplate has been removed from front paste-down. Contents foxed, but basically excellent condition. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Thomas Clarke, 1805. Leather. First American. 306 pp. Brown leather cover is worn and scuffed. Edges bumped. Leather cracked at hinges, worn away at back of spine. Both ends of spine have one-inch chips. Spine has faded gilt rules, red leather title block with gilt lettering. Eps loose at hinges. Previous owner marked his books thoroughly -- on fep, ffep, first flyleaf, and on title page. Hinges gone but binding remains tight. British author and traveler's book of his adventures. Good.
Howe & De Forest & Increase Cooke & Co., 1814. Full Leather. As. 375 pp. 12mo. Fragile leather cover holding by a thread at front joint. Spine has gilt rules, dark red title block. Spine chipped at both ends, with leather eroding at the joints. Corners threadbare. First signature is tenuous; rest of binding seems tight. Near Very Good.
New York: T. & J. Swords, 1803. Full Leather. First Edition. 250 pp + 2 pp pub.ads. Subtitle: "With an Introductory Letter to the Right Honourable Earl Cowper." Tree calf covers are excellent for their age. Corners lightly bumped, bottom corners rubbed. Dentelle edging rubbed only on lower edges. Handsome spine has red title block, black vol. block, and gilt embellishments in compartments not lettered. Eps are marbled in predominately dark gray, black, and red. Front eps have a scuff center of each page, possibly where a bookplate was adhered. Prelims lightly foxed. Text block is aged. Rear pd has a fault across the sheet. In sum, a handsome addition to a library shelf. Vol. 2 of 3. Very Good.
Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1844. Hardcover. 5 volumes bound in one: "Russia and the Russians in 1842 Vol. I"; "Russia and the Russians, Vol. 2"; "Austria. Vienna. Prague, Etc. Etc."; "England and Wales"; "Scotland.Glasgow, The Clyde, Edinburgh; Forth, Stirling; Drummond Castle, Perth, and Taymouth Castle; the Lakes." Cover of textured cloth is blindstamped with rules and a center design both front & back. Spine has gilt lettering, is sunned. Label has been removed at bottom of spine. Top of spine chipped just a bit, and both ends creased. Corners lightly bumped. Small damp stain on bottom of feps and next page. Library stamp on fep; pocket and card on back ep. Pencil lib. marks on verso title page. May be missing a frontis. Very good.
Boston: Etheridge and Bliss, 1807. Leather. First Edition. First American Edition. 180 pp. 12mo. Tree calf covers have tan title block, gilt lettering on spine. Leather cracked at front joint. Evidence of dentelles along edges, but 200 years have eroded most of them. Ink p.o. on both half-title and title pages. Few penciled doodles here and there, aged as is the stock. Book is intermittently foxed. Binding holding nicely. Very Good.