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Narrative and Critical History of America. [8 volumes] by  Justin [Editor] Winsor - Hardcover - 1889 - from Argonaut Book Shop (SKU: 7704)

Narrative and Critical History of America. [8 volumes]

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Narrative and Critical History of America. [8 volumes]

by Winsor, Justin [Editor]

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Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1889 Riverside Press edition, first published over a period of six years from 1884-1889. 8 volumes. Small, thick quarto. Approximately 500-600 pages per volume. Well-illustrated with hundreds of portraits, facsimiles, engravings, maps, facsimile signatures, etc. Each volume indexed separately, the final volume containing a general index. Extensive notes. Publisher's three-quarter dark brown morocco, spines gilt and blind-stamped, dark brown pebbled cloth sides. Light extremity rubbing. Bookplate in each volume. A fine set. The set is "composed of critical essays by different writers covering American history in detail to the adoption of the Constitution and briefly to about 1850. The most valuable parts of the work are the critical essays on the sources and Mr. Winsor's notes, which together form an exhaustive and generally critical account of the printed and manuscript sources and of the secondary authorities on American history. The volumes are rich in facsimiles of maps, historical illustrations, and portraits. For the student it is the most useful and valuable work on American history that he can possess" (Larned). An important and comprehensive reference, this work has much on aboriginal America and pre-Columbian exploration; Spanish, English, and French explorations and settlements; the English and French in North America; the establishment of state and federal governments and the statesmen involved, early trade and treaties with other nations, especially among the Americas, slavery and slave-trade, and much more. It is regarded as one of the most useful works on the Western hemisphere, its history, cartography and bibliography. Justin Winsor (1831-1897) was the librarian at Harvard College and the first president of the American Library Association. He also authored and edited numerous other important titles of Americana. [Howes I: W-578; Howes II: W-577; Larned, Literature of American History: 404]..


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Narrative and Critical History of America. [8 volumes]
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The Argonaut Book Shop was founded in 1941 in the middle of the financial district of San Francisco. The Argonaut was a founding member of the Antiquarian Booksellers\' Association of America and has been a member in good standing ever since. The Shop is now located just three blocks from Union Square in downtown San Francisco and is open six days a week. Parking facilities include ample street space and a parking garage close by. The bookstore occupies two large rooms open to the public. One enters first into a large room with oak flooring and antique bookcases filled with fine and rare books, mostly dealing with the history of California and the American West. This room also includes fine press books and other rare subject matter. The second room is devoted to good books in varied subject areas including art, maritime, American civil war, books on antiques, literature, regional Americana, etc.


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