Near Fine. Collector's edition is near fine with just a touch of shelf wear including couple of tiny dings at page edges. 717 pages with collector's notes laid-in. Leather bound with gilt emboss, ribbon marker, page edges gilt, and raised bands to spine. Remains an attractive copy of this installment in the Easton Press library of American history.
Collector's edition. The leather bound Library of American History. Bound in sumptuous genuine bright red leather stamped in 22K gold gilt with 4 raised bands on spine. 8vo. 9 1/4" tall. xiv, 717 pages. Archival quality paper. Orange satin ribbon marker. easton Press notes from history sheet laid-in. Page edges in bright gilt. Clean. Sharp. Gorgeous. Pristine condition. Like new condition.
Summers, Mark. Fine. No dust jacket. FINE: leather bright & clean; vivid gilt decorations, titling, edges. Binding tight & straight. Interior & Tex FINE. Gift Quality. Red leather with gilt decorations front & back, gilt decorative titling, gilt edges. Marbled end papers. B/w illustrations by Mark Summers. Red satin page marker. Biographical Notes. Index. 717 p. A FINE volume in red leather with vivid gilt decorations, titling & edges. No defects. Gift Condition.
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Although this book was published in 1973 it is not out of date in terms of what it offers the reader about the growth of American culture, invention and commerce. Boorstin takes an entertaining look at things that are/were uniquely American inventions and institutions such as hotels(Peoples Palaces), Pullman cars (People's Palaces on Wheels) balloon frame house construction, air conditioning, and the unique manner in which towns were first established in the western United States. He speaks from a different perspective than most twentieth century historians when he captures the roles of merchants and consumers, boomers and town supporters, as well as the role of newspapers, and transportation.
If you are looking for a really refreshing perspective on the development of democracy in the United States as it relates to the common man and the capacity of Americans to invent what they needed and did not have and to use it to change the lifestlyes of a nation, this book is for you.
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