Good. 431 p.,  leaves of plates (1 folded): ill. (1 col. ); 24 cm. Hardcover. Bumped corners. Crack on rear hinge and wear to the top of the spine. Clean, unmarked pages. Fold out genealogical tree of the Vespucci family. Several engraved plates including color plate of Americus landing on the continent. Ships daily.
Frere, T., J. Queen and others. GOOD. SIXTH EDITION. The biography of Americus Vespucius, his many voyages, and the politics of his time as described in letters and other documents collected by the author and arranged chronologically. Various accounts appeared in Italian, Spanish and German books, but never a book devoted solely to Americus, until now. Notable mentions include Columbus, Marco Polo, Queen Isabella, King Ferdinand, and Vasco de Gama. 431 pp with index. Front hinge separated, held by strings, corners bumped, edges rubbed. Light soiling and shelfwear to boards, 2" tear up and across lower spine, 2" tear at top front of spine, age-tanned pages, foxing to endpapers. Previous owner's name to FFEP. Fancy gilt lettering and illustrations to spine, beautiful elaborate designs tooled into both boards, brown cloth-covered boards. Many lovely illustrations through text, frontispiece is a portrait of Americus with tissue paper protection, full color illustration of his party landing on the new continent to start of Chapter 1, with tissue paper.
Poor. 431 pages, numerous black/white plates, one color plate, very nice fronispiece etching of Vespucci, fold-out genealogy tree of Vespucci family has 4" tear. Front free endpaper missing, cover badly worn, spine detached at front gutter, holding at back. Gilt on spine fading, small paper label on spine. Front board loose, inner hinge broken. An early Reading copy. Exciting tales of exploration and fighting, capturing, killing natives, etc.
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