First edition. In two volumes, large quartos. In two volumes, (616 & 598pp), AEG. Bound in publisher's full brown morocco heavy blind-stamped and stamped designs in darker brown, gilt designs and lettering on both covers, spine gilt. Central additional engraved titles, packed with with portraits from original full length paintings by Alonzo Chapell of presidents, authors, military heroes, etc. with biographical and historical narratives by the author. 72 full-page engravings in volume one and 86 full-page engravings in volume two. Interesting and nearly exhaustive treatment of many American mid-19th Century authors and authors, such as George Peabody, Joel Barlow, Peter Cooper, Elisha Kane, William Prescott, and Roger Taney, to name just a few. with small tear, Fragile covers (owing to weight) rubbed and front cover of volume 1 detached. Quite well-preserved internally.
Price: $850.00 Item #4750