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James Wilkinson. [Atlas intended to accompany] Memoirs of My Own Times. By General James Wilkinson. Philadelphia: Abraham Small, 1816. Atlas only. 19 maps and plans numbered 20 of various sizes. One map with bottom margin cut off and l.r. corner missing. Sheets uncut but some patched. Ex libris, small ink stamps on 2 sheets. Bound in attractive cloth. Repairs to maps excellent. A superb copy of this very scarce atlas which Howes speculates was issued separately since the text and atlas are seldom found together. The maps by Henry S. Tanner are excellent and unusual. $1,500



John Melish. A Geographical Description of the United States, with the Contiguous British and Spanish Possessions, intended as an Accompaniment to Melish's Map of the Countries. Philadelphia: J. Melish, 1816. Second Edition. Octavo. [1]-178 (lacks last leaf). Four single page maps; lacks specimen map at end. As found; original half leather with marbled boards and gold stamping on spine. Ref.: Shaw-Shoemaker, 38220; Walsh, p. 188; Sabin, 47431.

John Melish was the first American publisher to issue exclusively cartographic and geographic items. Born in Scotland, Melish visited the United States several times beginning in 1806, finally deciding to settle here in 1811. Originally Melish intended to go into farming and it was partially to look for good farming land that he traveled over 2,400 miles around the United States before ending up in Philadelphia. While on his travels Melish made copious notes on the lands through which he passed, and in 1812 he published an account of his Travels in the United States of America. This two volume work included eight maps, for as Melish noted in the preface "as I have always considered books of travels to be very defective when unaccompanied by maps, I have spared no labour, nor expence [sic], to have a good set of maps to illustrate this work." These were Melish's first maps and obviously he was inspired by the process of making them, for this was the beginning of his cartographic career. Melish went on to dominate American mapmaking and it was Melish who brought cartography in the United States up to world standards.

In 1815, Melish took the information on travel in the United States which he had compiled and issued it in a compact Traveller's Directory. This consisted of two parts, a geographical description of the United States and a description of the roads throughout the country. This excellent pocket guide was accompanied by four small regional maps of the environs of the four major east coast cities: Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore. The very large map of the entire United States was never folded into this small book, and the two are seldom find together. The four city maps and the sprightly text about the states, territories, and British and Spanish possessions next to the United States is a fine picture of the country just at the end of the War of 1812. $450
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David Hosack. Memoir of De Witt Clinton . . . numerous Documents . . . of Principal Events of His Life. New York: J. Seymour, 1829. Quarto. I-ii, frontispiece, iii-xxiv, (21)-530, [2 (blank)] pp.; folding map. Half title inscribed by the author to William Thomas Brande (1788-1866) of the Royal Institute. A professor of chemistry. Ex libris with perforations and stamps. Mostly clean and readable, but water stains on the last thirty pages.. New and attractive historically appropriate binding. Howes, 654. Sabin, 33088.

Here is an elegant and powerful tribute to Governor DeWitt Clinton soon after the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825. The economic benefit of all canals was immediately evident to the State of New York. Enthusiasm for Clinton is expressed throughout the text as well as by an engraved frontispiece portrait and an engraved plate showing fifteen portraits on an honorary pillar. Clinton is at the base, and at the top are luminaries such as Gouverneur Morris, Cadwalader Colden and George Washington.

The lithographed map is titled "A Map of the Northern and Western Canals of the State of New York" with an inset "Profile of the Levels of the Grand Erie Canal." 13 3/4 x 18 (neat lines) plus full margins. Hand colored. Lithographed by Anthony Imbert a pioneer of lithography in New York.

A fine item of New York history. $450



A New and Popular Pictorial Description of the United States - Containing an account of the topography, settlement, history, revolutionary and other interesting events, statistics, progress in agriculture, manufactures and population, &c, of each State in the Union. New York: Published by Robert Sears, 128 Nassau Street, Second Edition, 1848. Brown cloth with gilt title and illustrations to front, spine and rear. Book conserved with new hinges and toned covers. Interior complete with normal light browning. Previous owner's bookplate inside front cover. 608 pages with four page publisher's catalogue etc. at rear, illustrated with frontispiece and decorative title page and throughout with numerous engravings in text including many full page plates.

Robert Sears (1810-1892) was an enterprising publisher, one of the first in America to pay particular attention to illustrated books on technology, science, history and travel, covering areas as diverse as the United States, continental Europe, Russia, China and Japan. He produced reams of books and dispatched peddlers to sell them everywhere.

The Pictorial Description contained text and illustrations regarding each state in the Union. $350



Henry B. Dawson. Battles of the United States by Sea and Land. Illustrated by Alonzo Chappel. New York: Johnson, Fry & Co., 1860. Two quarto volumes. 38 steel engravings plus two engraved title pages, after paintings and drawings by Alonzo Chappel. Bound in original half leather with stamping in gold. Gilt page ends. The usual scuffing to leather. Some slight staining to the interior.

A superb collection of steel engraved prints accompanying a military history of the United States. The images were drawn by Alonzo Chappel, a noted historical artist who illustrated a number of volumes in the mid-nineteenth century. Included in these two volumes are some portraits of military figures and many battle scenes from the Revolution, War of 1812 and Mexican-American War. As with a large number of publications on the eve of the American Civil War, this one recalled the glories of history to provide a common bond which might help keep the country together. The intention failed, but the product is beautiful. $600



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Henry B. Dawson. Battles of the United States by Sea and Land. Illustrated by Alonzo Chappel. New York: Johnson, Fry & Co., 1860. Two quarto volumes. 38 steel engravings plus two engraved title pages, after paintings and drawings by Alonzo Chappel. Original boards blind stamped and with gold lettering. New spines and end papers. Some staining to plates and text, especially in volume two. Denver.

A superb collection of steel engraved prints accompanying a military history of the United States. The images were drawn by Alonzo Chappel, a noted historical artist who illustrated a number of volumes in the mid-nineteenth century. Included in these two volumes are some portraits of military figures and many battle scenes from the Revolution, War of 1812 and Mexican-American War. As with a large number of publications on the eve of the American Civil War, this one recalled the glories of history to provide a common bond which might help keep the country together. The intention failed, but the product is beautiful. $600



J[esse] A[mes] Spencer. History of the United States from the Earliest Period to the Administration of President Johnson. 4 vols. New York: Johnson, Fry & Co., 1866. Half leather with gold stamped eagle motif on pebble grain boards; gold stamping on spine with owner's name. Raised bands. Some browning and spotting internally, but overall fine. Collation. I: [i]-xiv, [1]-540, 23 plates. II: [i]-viii, [9]-540, 20 plates. III: [i]-viii, [9]-568, 23 plates. IV: [i]-544, index [i]-xxxviii, 27 plates.

This handsome set in four volumes updates and adds illustrations to the more often seen 1858 edition of three volumes. The last volume describes the coming of Lincoln and the Civil War. The illustrations are steel engravings mostly after paintings by Alonzo Chappel and include 59 depictions of events and 34 portraits. Facsimiles of documents include an early draft of the Declaration of Independence within the text. A lovely and moving history of the United States of America through the first half of the Nineteenth century. $900



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M.L. Simonin. "Le Far-West Américain." In M. Edouard Charton's Le Tour Du Monde. Nouveau Journal Des Voyages. Paris: L. Hachette et Cie, 1868. Quarto. With period binding with wear to edges. Interior with some discoloration and stains, but overall very good condition. With 44 wood engraved illustrations. Denver.

A year of Edouard Charton's travel journal Le Tour De Monde, issued in 1868, including Louis L. Simonin's fascinating account of travels in the American West in 1867. Simonin was a mining engineer who visited Colorado and Wyoming shortly after the Civil War. His account was printed in Charton's magazine complete with forty four wood-engraved illustrations.

The images that accompany Simonin's include maps, scenes of the plains and mountains, Indians, and various towns, including two images of early Denver. Many of the wood engravings are based on photographs and others on 'original sketches.' Many of the illustrations of the Native Americans are of actual individuals or events, though some are made-up, mostly those dealing with Indian attacks and the like. One of the views of Denver, "Une rue de Denver (la rue F)," is a composite image put together by Janet Lange, based primarily on A.E. Mathews' view of F Street, from his Pencil Sketches of Colorado, but interestingly also incorporating elements from Mathews' two other street scenes of Denver.

This is one of the best early accounts of the American West and the images for the most part are excellent, primary material. Among the other articles in the journal are those on western Sudan, the Arctic, the Caucuses, and Rome. $275



Diary of E.Y. Goldsborough, U.S. Marshall in Baltimore for the year 1870. Title page is for "Excelsior Diary for 1870" with wood engraved vignettes showing the four seasons. 12 mo. 108 leaves with hand written entries on almost every page. Very clean in original folding leather binding.

Here is a faithful diarist who made an entry every day, if only to report the weather. Also included in the back is a day by day listing of every payment of moneys. E.Y. Goldsborough's home was in Frederick, Md., but he worked in Baltimore and made many trips around the state and to Washington, D.C. Goldsborough was active in the G.A.R., did some traveling for that organization to New York and Kentucky, and had meetings twice with President Grant and once with Gen. Sherman. He seldom states why he goes to places, but one can tell by the speed of his conveyance that he is using trains. Goldsborough's reactions to the appearance of Baltimore on the day that Gen. R.E. Lee died and his involvement in meetings with "colored people" give a flavor to the political and social happenings of the time. A fascinating diary of one year in the life of a Civil War veteran in Baltimore. $300



Picturesque American Scenery. Boston: Estes & Lauriat, 1883. 4to. Twenty-four steel engravings, with original tissue guards. Engravings in excellent condition. Bound in cloth cover with embossed decorative border and title. Board hinges slightly cracked. Otherwise, firm and in very good condition.

This view book contains, "A series of twenty-five beautiful steel engravings from designs by W.H. Bartlett, George L. Brown, and Thomas Moran, with text by N.P. Willis and others." During the 1870s, view books were in high demand due to the great popularity. The two major popular works of this genre in the nineteenth century were William Cullen Bryant's Picturesque America and N. P. Willis' earlier American Scenery. This book of views and accompanying description and poetic text can be seen as part of this lineage of popular American view books, and it borrows the same format as the earlier publications. It is wonderfully illustrated with twenty-one steel engravings by W.H. Bartlett, and one by Thomas Moran. Bartlett particularly associated with the views which appeared in American Scenery, and these plates are taken from that original publication. These prints were extremely popular from the their first appearance, and they established Bartlett's reputation as the premier 'picturesque' travel artist, a reputation he has retained to this day. $425



Horace Greeley. The American Conflict: A History of the Great Rebellion in the United States of America, 1860-'65 . . .. Hartford: O.D. Case, 1885. 2 vols. Quarto. I: 2l. [9]-648; II: [1]-782 with 12 steel engravings with numerous portraits plus many wood engraved illustrations and maps. With the folded map of the United States and Confederate States titled "Map of the Seat of War" by O.D. Case. Blind stamped buckram spines and covers. Very clean. Slight cracking of front hinge of volume one. Else excellent.

The first edition of Greeley's The American Conflict was published in the years 1865-66. This posthumous printing followed Greeley's failed presidential campaign and death in 1872, and it is witness to Erik Lunde's opinion that this history "remains readable and is still important to Civil War scholars." American National Biography, IX: 469. Few copies have such strong and beautifully printed graphics, the presence of the large folding map in as good a condition as possible, and over all condition is superb. $750



Rudolf Cronau. (1855-1939) Amerika. Die Geschichte seiner Entdectung von der Altesten bis aus die Neueste Zeit. 2 vols. Quarto. Leipzig: Ubel & Muller, 1892. I: [iii]-viii, 480pp., plus 24 full and double pages of prints and maps; II: [iii]-vi, 532pp., plus 31 full and double pages of prints and maps. Original gold stamped red buckram covers and spines. Page ends gilt. Expertly rehinged. Exquisite end pages.

In 1881, Rudolf Cronau (1855-1939) was sent to the United States as a special correspondent for the German newspaper Die Gartenlaube. His assignment was to produce a series of articles documenting American landscapes, cities, Native Americans, and life on the frontier. Cronau traveled all about of the country, writing his articles and producing pen & ink drawings. Upon his return to Germany in 1886, Cronau published, in two parts, a portfolio of collotypes based on his best drawings. Cronau's interest in the United States remained strong and so he produced this illustrated history of America, containing a recapitulation of works from Cortez to Bodmer. The volumes include a number of maps and prints by different artists, but including some of Cronau's own illustrations that appear nowhere else. $650



The American Soldier in the Civil War. The Frank Leslie's Illustrations. New York: Bryan, Taylor & Co, 1895. Folio. Original buckram binding; loose and with considerable wear. With text and "profusely illustrated" with wood engravings. Interior very good.

Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper was one of the two great American weekly newspapers which visually documented the Civil War. Filled with wood engravings based on drawings made on the spot, these newspapers provided front lines images of the events and personalities of the Civil War for many readers around the country. Leslie's included some of the most interesting and authentic images of this war, providing a visual record of the conflict which is of inestimable value. Late in the nineteenth century two volumes were issued using the original blocks from Leslie's accompanied by text written by soldiers and scholars, making these wonderful prints available once again. $350



Frank Leslie's Illustrated Famous Leaders and Battle Scenes of the Civil War. New York: Mrs. Frank Leslie, 1896. Folio. Original buckram binding; some minor wear. With text and "profusely illustrated" with wood engravings. Interior very good.

Another reissue of the Leslie's wood-engraved illustrations of the Civil War. $350



William H. Brown. [Facsimile of] Portrait Gallery of Distinguished American Citizens, with Biographical Sketches and Fac-similes of Original Letters. Hartford: E.B. & E.C. Kellogg, 1845. At back of titlepage is the notice, "This reissue is published by G.A. Baker & Co., New York, 1931." Limited to 600 copies; this one is not numbered.

Frontispiece with portrait of Washington plus 26 other silhouettes and one page, lithographed manuscript facsimile of each man's writing to accompany each of the 27 portraits, 111 pages of text. It has powerful images and fascinating text on each famous American. Howes, B871 gives the quick history of the various editions, including this one. Gold stamped blue buckram binding.

This book contains a rare group of prints taken from silhouettes cut by William Henry Brown (1808-1883), who was one of the most famous and best practitioners of the now almost lost art of silhouette cutting. No later than 1843, Brown contracted with the noted Hartford lithographic firm of E.B. & E.C. Kellogg to issue a number of lithographs based on his silhouettes of "Distinguished American Citizens," and this resulted in a bound volume of these prints. The prints themselves are copyright dated 1844, and so it is not unlikely that they were issued separately beginning at that date. Not only are these fascinating and unusual images of the men shown but the originals are quite rare as well. In an interview in 1874, Brown stated that the bulk of the first edition was destroyed by fire. This was perhaps the November 21, 1854 fire in the bindery of Case, Tiffany & Co., the binders of the portfolio. Some complete editions of the folios and some of the individual prints did survive, but they are very scarce. Here is the later facsimile of off-set reproductions, issued in 1931 which made the images more accessible. $750


William H. Brown. [Facsimile of] Portrait Gallery of Distinguished American Citizens, with Biographical Sketches and Fac-similes of Original Letters. Hartford: E.B. & E.C. Kellogg, 1845. Here are the 27 portraits on separate sheets in the box issued in 1931 when a reproduction with text and facsimiles of documents were issued. Gold stamped blue buckram box. Some bumping at corners. Prints are in excellent condition. $750

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