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A DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: IN WHICH THE WORDS ARE DEDUCED FROM THEIR ORIGINALS, AND ILLUSTRATED IN THEIR DIFFERENT SIGNIFICATIONS BY EXAMPLES FROM THE BEST WRITERS. TO WHICH IS PREFIXED, A HISTORY OF THE LANGUAGE AND AN ENGLISH GRAMMAR
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A DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: IN WHICH THE WORDS ARE DEDUCED FROM THEIR ORIGINALS, AND ILLUSTRATED IN THEIR DIFFERENT SIGNIFICATIONS BY EXAMPLES FROM THE BEST WRITERS. TO WHICH IS PREFIXED, A HISTORY OF THE LANGUAGE AND AN ENGLISH GRAMMAR

By JOHNSON, SAMUEL.

London: W, Strahan, for J. And P. Knapton, T. And T. Longman, et al, 1755. Two volumes uniformly bound retaining original red and black leather spine labels. Spines are panelled and ruled in gilt. Covers bordered with gilt floral chain. New endpapers. Title-pages are printed in red and black and are in excellent condition with no restorations. Volume 1; Worming pinholes very top of title-page extending to 2D. Minor water-stain near lower gutter of 15 early pages, minor pinhole worming as is commonly noted. Small stain bottom corner of 6F to 6G. 12O is misprinted 11O, and 13P is misprinted 16P. Volume 2; Worm pinhole lower gutter of 15A and 15B, and 20K to 21A. 2" closed tear at fore-edge of 20O without paper loss. Both volumes are collated complete. Occasional brown spotting confined usually to the periphery. In all, a very clean and crisp set throughout, beautifully rebound by a master binder. According to PMM 201, "the most amazing, enduring and endearing one-man feat in the field of lexicography". See Courtney and Smith p. 54, Printing and the Mind of Man 201, ESTC T117231, Grolier 100 Books Famous in English Literature p.100. "I have devoted this book, the labour of years, to the honour of my country, that we may no longer yield the palm of philology without a contest to the nations of the Continent". Samuel Johnson. Johnson (1709-1784) was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, literary critic, biographer, editor, lexicographer. His biography and accomplishments require nine pages in the Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th edition. . First Edition. Full Brown Tree calf`. Rebound in Contemporary Style.. Large Folio 16 1/4" x 10 1/4".

$15000.00

THE BOSCOBEL TRACTS, RELATING TO THE ESCAPE OF CHARLKES THE SECOND AFTER THE BATTLE OF WORCESTER, AND HIS SUBSEQUENT ADVENTURES
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THE BOSCOBEL TRACTS, RELATING TO THE ESCAPE OF CHARLKES THE SECOND AFTER THE BATTLE OF WORCESTER, AND HIS SUBSEQUENT ADVENTURES

By HUGHES, J., ESQ., EDITED BY

Edinburgh, London: William Blackwood, T. Cadell, 1830. Panelled spine with brown leather label. Spine has darkened to a deeper brown. Armorial book-plate on front pastewdown with name removed. Frontispiece illustration of Boscobel House, 1814. Four additional illustrations and two maps. Some foxing of preliminaries, text block very clean and crisp. 347pp.. First Edition. 1/2 Brown Calf, Marbled Boards. Minor Edge and Corner Wear/No Jacket. Octavo.

$80.00

1851: OR, MR. AND MRS. SANDBOYS AND FAMILY WHO CAME UP TO LONDON TO ENJOY THEMSELVES, AND TO SEE THE GREAT EXHIBITION
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1851: OR, MR. AND MRS. SANDBOYS AND FAMILY WHO CAME UP TO LONDON TO ENJOY THEMSELVES, AND TO SEE THE GREAT EXHIBITION

By MAYHEW, HENRY AND CRUIKSHANK, GEORGE

London: David Bogue, 1851. Marbled endpapers and matching free edges. Rebacked with original spine laid-down. Panelled spine with elaborate gilt and red leather label. Covers with double fillet borders and corner florets. Collated complete with all illustration plates, most of which are folding. Plates are all intact, some show minor browning at border. Early issue numbering error is present (pp. 63-64 absent with text complete). Originally issues in eight parts in green wrappers. See Cohn 548. 242pp.. First Edition. Full Smooth Green Morocco. Minor Edge Wear/No Jacket. Octavo.

$120.00

THE BEAUTIES OF THE COURT OF KING CHARLES THE SECOND; A SERIES OF PORTRAITS, ILLUSTRATING THE DIARIES OF PEPYS, EVELYN, CLARENDON, AND OTHER CONTEMPORARY WRITERS.
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THE BEAUTIES OF THE COURT OF KING CHARLES THE SECOND; A SERIES OF PORTRAITS, ILLUSTRATING THE DIARIES OF PEPYS, EVELYN, CLARENDON, AND OTHER CONTEMPORARY WRITERS.

By JAMESON, MRS.

London: Henry Colburn, 1833. Rear cover is detached. Spine partially detached. Covers spotted and rubbed. At one time this was a lovely binding, a signed binding by Zaehnsdorf which has fallen into disrepair. All edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Gilt panelled spine. Twenty-two full-page engravings of beautiful ladies of the day, tissue-guards. Biographical sketches of each of the women. The plates are quite clean as is the text material. 222pp. Priced to condition.. First Edition. Full Blue Morocco. General Wear/No Jacket. Quarto.

$75.00

WILLIAM HOGARTH
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WILLIAM HOGARTH

By DOBSON, AUSTIN.

New York, London: Dodd, Mead; Sampson, LOw, 1891. Blue paper-covered boards which are a bit soiled, corners rubbed. . Spine creased, sunned and a bit stained. Gilt lettering remains bright. One of 150 copies signed by the author, this being #116. Illustrated throughout. Twelve photogravures including the frontispiece portrait with captioned tissue-guards. 46 additional illustrations and a facsimile of an autographed letter. Wide margins. Crisp and clean throughout. 368pp.. Signed by Author. Limited, Signed Edition. 1/4 White Cloth. Moderate Corner Wear/No Jacket. Small Quarto 10 1/2" x 8".

$100.00

THE HISTORY OF THE HOLY WAR, BEING AN EXACT ACCOUNT OF THE EXPEDITIONS OF THE KINGS OF ENGLAND AND FRANCE, AND SEVERAL OTHER OF THE CHRISTIAN PRINCES, FOR THE CONQUEST OF JERUSALEM, AND THE REST OF THE HOLY LAND.....
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THE HISTORY OF THE HOLY WAR, BEING AN EXACT ACCOUNT OF THE EXPEDITIONS OF THE KINGS OF ENGLAND AND FRANCE, AND SEVERAL OTHER OF THE CHRISTIAN PRINCES, FOR THE CONQUEST OF JERUSALEM, AND THE REST OF THE HOLY LAND.....

By MAIMBOURG, LOUIS

London: R.H. For Arthur Jones, at the Flying-Horse, 1686. Panelled spine with old leather label. Both joints weak but attached. Old ink inscription on front flyleaf. Heraldic book-plate of ther Hare of Docking on front pastedown. Title-page printed in red and black. Previous owner's names in old hand. Small brown stain at bottom, affecting the "o" on London. Done into English by Dr. Nalson. (20), 410 pages collated complete. Light water-stain at lower corner and fore-edge of pp. 43-48. Paper imperfection p.279. Occasional creasing. Wide margins with occasional foxing at periphery. The first edition was published one year earlier as "The History of the Crusade". See Wing M291. British Museum Catalogue #4570. We find seven libraries worldwide holding this book. One copy has sold at auction in the past 30 years, a broken copy in 1996. The author (1610-1676 was a Jesuit historian. . Second Edition. Full Brown Contemporary Calf. General Cover Wear. Small Folio 13" x 8".

$700.00

THE LIVES OF THE PLAYERS
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THE LIVES OF THE PLAYERS

By GALT, JOHN

London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1831. Two volumes in one. Panelled spine, lettered and dated in gilt. Green paper-covered boards with moderately-heavy soiling. Small 1/2" rubbed area at foot of front cover. All edges gilt. A total of 29 biographical sketches of English actors of the time. Included are Nell Gwinn, Charles Hart, Colley Cibber, Richard Savage, Mrs. Siddons, Mrs. Baddeley among many others. 315-308pp.. First Edition. 1/2 Black Calf. Moderate Wear and Scuffing/No Jacket. Octavo.

$55.00

ASMODEUS; OR, THE DEVIL ON TWO STICKS
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ASMODEUS; OR, THE DEVIL ON TWO STICKS

By LE SAGE, ALAIN RENE

London: Joseph Thomas, 1841. Signed binding by Zaehnsdorf. Single gilt fillet cover borders. Inner dentelles. Panelled spine lettered in gilt. Spine is darkened to brown, with some crackling of the leather.Top edge gilt. Mounted frontispiece portrait on India paper. This translation from the French by Joseph Thomas. Illustrations throughout the text and title-page vignette by Tony Johannot. Text block very clean with only occasional foxing, confined mostly to the periphery. Both joints rubbed. Small nick out of top front cover corner. Asmodeus was the "King of Demons", probably derived from Zoroastrianism. He apparently had a limp, one or two feet clawed or hooved. Le Sage portrayed him using two canes, thus the title, "Le Diable Boileux". Le Sage (1668-1747) was a French novelist and playwright during the Enlightenment Era. First edition of this novel in French was 1707. 401pp. . First English Edition, This Translation. Full Plum Morocco. Light edge and Corner Wear/No Jacket. Tall Octavo.

$100.00

LANDMARKS IN ANCIENT DOVER NEW HAMPSHIRE
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LANDMARKS IN ANCIENT DOVER NEW HAMPSHIRE

By THOMPSON, MAURICE.

Durham, N.H.: Published By Author, 1892. Chipped paper spine label. Old cloth gutter repairs. Previous owner's book-plate on front pastedown. Few notations in pencil on front flyleaf regarding family genealogy. Large folding map as frontispiece with small closed tear at bottom of attachment. Text quite clean throughout. Few marginal notes in pencil. Two additional maps in text. Landmarks are alphabetized from "Abbott's Brook" to "Wild-cat Road". 284pp. with errata. Complete Edition. Blue Buckram. Light to Moderate Cover Wear/No Jacket. Tall Octavo.

$40.00

REPORT OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR, COMMUNICATING, IN ANSWER TO A RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE, A REPORT AND MAP OF THE EXAMINATION OF NEW MEXICO, MADE BY LIEUTENANT J.W. ABERT, OF THE TOPOGRAPHICAL CORPS.
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REPORT OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR, COMMUNICATING, IN ANSWER TO A RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE, A REPORT AND MAP OF THE EXAMINATION OF NEW MEXICO, MADE BY LIEUTENANT J.W. ABERT, OF THE TOPOGRAPHICAL CORPS.

By ABERT, J.W.

Washington: Bureau of Topographical Engineers, 1848. This is a Senate document from the 30th Congress, 1st Session, Executive No, 23. 132 pages of text material, followed by twenty-four full-page lithographic plates and a large folding map. Plates show very minor brown spotting, confined mainly to the periphery. The large folding map has two small closed tears and small areas of paper defect at left margin secondary to binding and folding process. The plates were probably drawn by Abert, lithography by C.B. Graham. The report details Abert's trek from Fort Leavenworth, along the Santa Fe Trail to northern New Mexico, and his return along the Trail. Several pages of Cheyenne vocabulary are included in the report. See Howes A11, Streeter Sale 168, Graff 5, Sabin 57, Wagner-Camp 143. First Edition. Green Cloth. Minor Corner and Edge Wear/No Jacket. Octavo.

$750.00

HIGH LIFE IN NEW YORK
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HIGH LIFE IN NEW YORK

By SLICK, JONATHAN (ANNA SOPHIA STEPHENS)

London: Jeremiah Row, 1844. Two volumes. Marbled boards and matching endpapers. Panelled spines with gilt floral designs and lettering. Small chip from top of spine in Volume 1. Front joints starting to weaken, but firmly attached. Internally quite clean with only occasional brown spotting, usually confined to the periphery. Jonathan Slick was a pen-name for Anna Sophia Stephens (1810-1886) who was an American novelist and magazine editor. She wrote for Godey's, Graham's, and Peterson's magazines. The term "dime novel" was first used for her "Maleaska, the Indian Wife of a White Hunter" in 1860. 259-264pp.. First English Edition. 1/2 Black Calf. Moderate Edge and Corner Wear./No Jacket. Crown Octavo.

$100.00

FONT'S COMPLETE DIARY, A CHRONICLE OF THE FOUNDING OF SAN FRANCISCO
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FONT'S COMPLETE DIARY, A CHRONICLE OF THE FOUNDING OF SAN FRANCISCO

By BOLTON, HERBERT EUGENE

Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 1931. Spine lettered in gilt. Translated from the original Spanish manuscript and edited by Bolton. Some pages remain unopened. Illustrated with photos, facsimiles, large fold-out map. 552pp. . First Edition. Dark Blue Cloth. Almost No Wear/No Jacket. Octavo.

$85.00

MEMOIRS OF THE LIFE OF THE LATE JOHN MYTTON, ESQ. OF HALSTON, SHROPSHIRE. WITH NOTICES OF HIS HUNTING, SHOOTING, DRIVING, RACING, ECCENTRIC, AND EXRAVAGANT EXPLOITS.

By APPERLEY, CHARLES JAMES

London: Rudolph Ackermann, 1837. The author was "Nimrod" the pseudonym for Mr. Apperley. Green ribbed cloth. Panelled spine with gilt designs and lettering. The spine has toned to a chocolate brown as is usual. Marbled endpapers. Engraved title-page with aquatint vignette, eighteen hand-colored plates drawn and etched by Henry Alken and T.J. Rawlins, aquatinted by E. Duncan. This second enlarged edition omitted three of the plates from the original 1835 edition and added nine new ones. Top border of the frontispiece has an old paper repair, a signature was cut out apparently. Seven of the color plates have tissue-guards, others do not. A few plates show some browning and toning of the paper along periphery, not affecting the color print. Fore-edge pp.127-130 browned. Text generally quite fresh and clean throughout. John Mytton (1796-1834) was a British eccentric and Regency rake. Many anecdotes and stories have recounted the unusual life of "Mad Jack". According to his biographer Nimrod, he once rode his pet bear "Nell" into his drawing-room in full hunt costume. He drank eight bottles of port wine a day, washing it down with brandy. He supposedly hunted ducks, late at night in winter, in the nude. He once set his nightshirt on fire while wearing it in an attempt to cure a case of hiccoughs! (See plate at p. 127). 206pp.. Second Edition. 1/2 Forest Green Morocco. Octavo.

$950.00

THE ADVENTURES OF GIL BLAS OF SANTILLANE
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THE ADVENTURES OF GIL BLAS OF SANTILLANE

By LE SAGE, ALAIN RENE

London: Vernor and Hood, 1802. Three volumes. Translated from the French by T.S. Smollett. The first Smollett translation was in 1748. Signed bindings by Bayntun of Bath. Each front cover has a different character with inlaid leathers in multiple colors. Ornate border designs in gilt with corner florets. Panelled spines with gilt designs and lettering. Inner dentelles and marbled endpapers. Wood engraved tail pieces. Gold round book-plate of Fred Robison Heryer on front pastedown of each volume. Mr. Heryer lived in Lawrence, Kansas and owned a brokerage business in Kansas City. All edges gilt. Front joints weak but intact. Marginal brown stain on pp.97-98 in Volume 2. Paper repair to bottom fore-edge of p.321 in Volume 3. This is an extra-illustrated set with the original ten full-page plates, WHICH HAVE BEEN HAND-COLORED. They were originally in black and white. An additional 35 plates have been inserted, mounted on heavy white stock. The extra plates were drawn by Smirke and Cruikshank. Le Sage (1668-1747) was a French novelist and playwright. He first published this picaresque novel in 1715. An elegant edition of the classic of French literature. Housed in a custom slipcase. 399, 392, 420pp.. Later Edition. Full Cranberry Morocco. Gentle Wear Only/No Jacket. Octavo.

$1500.00

THE WORKS OF WILLIAM HOGARTH IN A SERIES OF ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY STEEL ENGRAVINGS, BY THE FIRST ARTISTS: WITH DESCRIPTIONS AND A COMMENT ON THEIR MORAL TENDENCY, IN TWO VOLUMES
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THE WORKS OF WILLIAM HOGARTH IN A SERIES OF ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY STEEL ENGRAVINGS, BY THE FIRST ARTISTS: WITH DESCRIPTIONS AND A COMMENT ON THEIR MORAL TENDENCY, IN TWO VOLUMES

By HOGARTH, WILLIAM

London: E.T. Brain, 1840. Two volumes. Marbled boards, endpapers, and free edges. Ornate leather label on each front cover. Frontispiece and vignette title-pages. Upper joint of Volume 1 shows wear top 1". Small waterstain to corner Volume 2 not affecting plates. Occasional foxing, usually peripheral, a bit heavier on plate 76 in the second volume. Collated complete. 150 plates and 279 pages of text. Hogarth (1679-1764) was an English painter, printmaker, political satirist, social critic, and editorial cartoonist. . First Edition. 3/4 brown Morocco. Minor Edge Wear/No Jacket. Quarto.

$100.00

SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS FIRST  PRESIDENT OF THE ROYAL ACADEMY
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SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE ROYAL ACADEMY

By ARMSTRONG, SIR WALTER

London, New York: William Heinemann, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1900. Panelled spine with five raised bands. Gilt lettering. Inner dentelles and silk endpapers. SIGNED BINDING by Zaensdorf and dated 1900. Front cover has several deep scratches and gouges, stain spots near fore-edge, similar but less noticeable scratches on rear cover. Small area of chipping bottom edge of title-page and ensuing few pages. Front joint a bit weakened but intact. Seventeen of the plates show water-stain at top, only on the border. Three plates have the water-stain affecting the embossed border but not touching the image, and one shows the stain into the top of the image. All other plates are clean and unblemished. Seventy-eight photogravures, six lithographic facsimiles in colour. All full-page plates have captioned tissue-guards. Quite a heavy tome, postage will be increased. . First Edition. Full Crimson Morocco. Moderate Cover Wear./No Jacket. Folio.

$150.00

LETTER FROM THE SECRETARY OF WAR, CAPTURE OF JEFFERSON DAVIS
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LETTER FROM THE SECRETARY OF WAR, CAPTURE OF JEFFERSON DAVIS

By HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

Washington: Government Printing Office, 1868. A four-page letter from the annals of the US House, 40th Congress, Second Session, Ex. Doc. No. 115. Transmitting all information on file relative to the capture of J. Davis. Held together with two staples. The letter is signed Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War. It contains a list of eight officers and 145 enlisted men under Captain Hathaway of the fourth Michigan cavalry, who were present at the capture. Housed in a cloth-covered slipcase and chemise, leather spine label. . First Edition. Unbound. Slight Toning of Edges. Octavo.

$70.00

A NARRATIVE OF THE INCIDENTS ATTENDING THE CAPTURE, DETENTION, AND RANSOM OF CHARLES JOHNSTON, OF BOTETOURT COUNTY, VIRGINIA WHO WAS MADE PRISONER BY THE INDIANS, ON THE RIVER OHIO, IN THE YEAR 1790.
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A NARRATIVE OF THE INCIDENTS ATTENDING THE CAPTURE, DETENTION, AND RANSOM OF CHARLES JOHNSTON, OF BOTETOURT COUNTY, VIRGINIA WHO WAS MADE PRISONER BY THE INDIANS, ON THE RIVER OHIO, IN THE YEAR 1790.

By JOHNSTON, CHARLES

New- York: J. and J. Harper, 1827. Title continues, "together with an interesting account of the fate of his companions, five in number, one of whom suffered at the stake. To which is added, sketches of Indian character and manners, with illustrative anecdotes". Quite a clean copy throughout. Top edge gilt with a bit of rubbing. A signed binding by MacDonald. According to Streeter Sale 1366, "one of the more interesting Indian captivities. Author and three other survivors of the Indian attack were taken to Lake Erie, where an Indian trader secured their release. Johnston was questioned by Washington about British forces at Detroit upon his release. " See also Howes J-158, Sabin 36355, Graff 2226. 264pp. . First Edition. 3/4 Red Calf, Marbled Boards. Minor Corner Wear/No Jacket. Octavo.

$325.00

A PILGRIMAGE IN EUROPE AND AMERICA, LEADING TO THE DISCOVERY OF THE SOURCE OF THE MISSISSIPPI AND BLOODY RIVER; WITH A DESCRIPTION OF THE WHOLE COURSE OF THE FORMER, AND OF THE OHIO
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A PILGRIMAGE IN EUROPE AND AMERICA, LEADING TO THE DISCOVERY OF THE SOURCE OF THE MISSISSIPPI AND BLOODY RIVER; WITH A DESCRIPTION OF THE WHOLE COURSE OF THE FORMER, AND OF THE OHIO

By BELTRAMI, J.C.

London: Hunt and Clarke, 1828. Two volumes. (lxxvi, 473; 545). Gray cloth-covered boards.Panelled spines, red and black leather labels. Fore-edge and bottom edge untrimmed. New endpapers.Engraved frontispiece portrait of the author. Light off-setting onto title-page. Most pages uncut at top, some at fore-edge as well. Volume 1 has two folding plans; one of the Solace Gardens of Schwetzingen, Germany; the other of Karlsrhue. An errata slip is attached at the end. Volume 2 has a large folding map of the course of the Mississippi River with 2 small tears and slight browning at one fold. Volume 2 also has three full-page plates at the end showing Indian artifacts and apparel. Plates are lightly foxed, mainly on periphery. Volume 1 recounts the author's travels in England, France, Germany, and Italy. Volume 2 is devoted to his travels among Northwestern American Indian tribes. Some authorities have disputed the accuracy of the narration and even doubted the discovery claims. Several letters regarding this dispute are included in the preface of Volume 1. See Howes B338, Field 111, Wagner-Camp 26a.2. . First English Edition. 1/2 Gray Morocco. Light Edge Wear/No Jacket. Octavo.

$275.00

THE HISTORY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE
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THE HISTORY OF NEW-HAMPSHIRE

By BELKNAP, JEREMY

Boston: For the Author, 1791. Three volumes. Rebacked with red leather labels.New endpapers. This is a mixed set with 1791 reprint of the first volume and first editions of the second and third volumes, 1791 and 1792. The first edition of Volume 1 was published in 1784. These were all published in Boston. Large folding map in Volume 1 shows minor chipping along the right-hand border, old professional repair of a 1" tear, light toning of folds and edges. Old off-setting on title-page of Volume 2 from the map which was moved to Volume 1 at some point. Text is clean throughout. According to Streeter II:715, this is one of the most important of the 18th -century American histories. See also Howes B323 and Sabin 4434.. Mixed Edition.. Full Tree Calf. Light edge and Corner Wear/No Jacket. Octavo.

$600.00

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