A Popular History of the United States, From the First Discovery of the Western Hemisphere By the Northmen, to the End of the Civil War. Preceded By a Sketch of the Pre-Historic Period and the Age of the Mound Builders. Four Volumes, Complete
Good. No Jacket. Original pebbled cloth, with gilt titling and minor decorations in blind. 562, 605, 628, 648 pp. With black and white illustrations throughout. An exhaustive history of the United States, beginning with early Icelandic explorations, supposed Welsh and Arabian explorations and moving to Columbus and early English and French settlements. Colonial, Revolutionary War, Indian wars, Native Americans, westward expansion and explorations, and the Civil War, among many other topics, are covered. In GOOD condition. Minor to moderate scuffing and edgewear to the volumes. Mostly minor uneven fading and darkening to the covers. Minor soiling. Heads and feet of the spines frayed and pulled. Interiors clean with general but minor darkening to the pages. Some offsetting present from some of the illustrations. Binding cracked at the frontis of the first volume with the cover beginning to separate. Covers of the second volume cracked at the interior hinges and beginning to separate. Rear cover of the third volume cracked and separating from the binding. Front cover separating from the fourth volumes, with the rear cover and last page of the index almost completely detached. A 2 by 4 inch area of light discoloration/scuffing present on the lower rear cover of the fourth volume. Rather dark dampstain present in the lower margin of the pages of the fourth volume, not affecting text.
583; 7; ; 634; 655; 648pp. Thick quartos [26 cm] All edges gilt. Turn ins gilt. Marbled endsheets. Engraved frontispiece illustrations and numerous full-page engravings from steel plates. Fully illustrated. Very good. Gently rubbed at the extremities. The leather at a few of the spine ends is lightly chipped. Tanned pages. The plates are very lightly offset on the opposite pages. Complete. All plates present. A very attractive set. Preceded by a Sketch of the Pre-Historic Period and the Age of the Mound Builders. The author, William Cullen Bryant, wrote the well-known poem, Thanatopsis, and spent 5 decades as editor for the New-York Evening Post.
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